23 Aug 2008

Westlands Getting Nukes?

Another story from the Department of WTF:
Fresno Nuclear Energy Group LLC on Tuesday signed a letter of intent with the Westlands Water District to discuss the possibility of building two 1,600-megawatt nuclear power plants on 500 acres in the district.
What are they going to do with the nukes? Desalinate water for irrigation.

I had to check to see if it was April Fools. Given that it isn't, Westlands has either decided to go into the fool business itself (the plants will require water for cooling!), or they are making a WMD threat to go nuclear unless the government gives them more water.

Unfortunately, Westlands' management style reminds me of North Korea (hysterical screaming and ignorance of common sense leading to "gifts" to make them shut up), so I see this announcement as a cynical ploy to take water from more-deserving places and give it to the second least-productive district in the State.*

Bottom Line: Although I am not taking Shock and Awe off the table, I think we can ignore Westlands' ploy for now.

* Productive, as in value versus cost (in misallocation of water AND cash costs) of crops. Imperial ID is obviously the worst.


  1. and who is expected to pay for the nuke installation?

  2. It would be pretty stupid to waste electricity from nuclear reactors on desalination. However, if they could somehow harness all the waste heat from a nuclear reactor (or any power plant, really) and use that for desalination, that would be a good thing.

    - Spike


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