Wine and Cheese Fine - French Nuclear Plants on US Soil Scary

Sure, the French get most of their energy from nuclear power.  Sure, they have built these plants for years.  Sure, their 35 hour work week and their shoddy workmanship cause one to wait for the next big explosion.  Anyone who has lived and worked in France, as I have, knows that the French make great wine and cheese, but to trust their technology or workmanship -- where it counts -- is a fool's mission.  We may need to build nuclear plants, but to do it with the French is to put our country at risk.  I would find any other partner than the French and I wouldn't want to invest in this venture.

According to the New York Times today, an American company, Constellation Energy, has signed a pact with the French national electric utility to build nuclear plants in the United States -- thus making this French (governmentally owned) company the first foreign company to build such plants in the United States.  And, they are going to build the first plant just outside of Washington -- how smart!We do need to give serious thought to building new nuclear plants.  The last one we built was in the 1970s.  And, there is no question that the French have the most and the best experience in this industry.  But they, in typical French fashion, are just not that good or that careful, and we enter into partnership with them at the country's peril.  French workmanship is terrible.  French attentiveness to detail is terrible.  Send us your wine and cheese, but please stay out of our nuclear development.  

Ari Socolow
Ari Socolow: Ari Socolow is the Chief Economist and Editor-in-Chief at BestCashCow. He is particularly interested in issues relating to financial literacy and bank transparency. Since co-founding this website in 2005, Ari has been frequently cited in the media as an expert on local and national savings accounts, CD products, mortgage and loan products and credit card rewards products.

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  • Anonymous

    July 21, 2007

    I think we have to build plants and we have to get started soon. It takes a couple of dozen years to bring one of these on line. The French do have experience, but I am with you about trusting them to do it well. I think we have to find other partners, but studying the French experience.

  • Anonymous

    July 22, 2007

    I think we do as well. And, the French have all the current experience. I don't think it is such a bad idea to partner with them.

  • Anonymous

    July 22, 2007

    I'm not aware of any nuclear accidents involving a French plant. Perhaps you should back up your assertions with some facts.

  • Anonymous

    July 22, 2007

    We already know that PhilR is either French or a Francophile as is demonstrated by the fact that he still relies on a typewriter (see his picture above). I agree with this assertion. France was the only country in the world to deny that there had been one iota of radioactive contamination in its environment following Chernobyl. I don't believe their assertion that they don't have instances in France and agree that we should ask them to stick with the wine and cheese.

  • Anonymous

    July 22, 2007

    @JoeNPhilly

    Once again all of you make statements without one shred of proof. Prove either that I am French or a Francophile. And please provide any evidence whatsoever that the French nuclear program is less safe than any other nuclear program. It's easy to allege anything.

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