Show of HandsShow of Hands

17Nick76 April 11th, 2016 1:50am

In the 1990s Bernie Sanders voted to dump nuclear waste in a poor Latino community (Sierra Blanca, TX). Good move?

0 Liked

Comments: Add Comment

GaryBeary Maryland
04/11/16 9:52 am

People fought hard in 1972 against building the only VT nuclear plant. People didn`t want it. They wanted renewable energy!

The utilities started to plan to build it in 1966, before ordinary people really understood the risks.

It was finally shut down a few years ago. Entergy says it stopped being profitable (with the huge subsidies for the risks).

And George W. Bush was all hot to get that dump site in Texas.

Yeah, it was a good decision.

FlaviusAetitus PA, Bernie2020
04/10/16 10:21 pm

Also to sum up what Bernie said to defend:

1. Location decided by Texas
2. Highly un-densely populated
3. Low-Level waste
4. Would provide money for the poor people living in the county
5. Would not affect the natural environment due to nearly no groundwater in the area, and little rainfall
6. Most of the waste is coming from Texas
7. People in the county supported it

Reply
FlaviusAetitus PA, Bernie2020
04/10/16 10:17 pm

More Hispanics per square mile lived in Vermont in 1998 than lived in Hudspeth County, Texas, where Sierra Blanca is located.

Hudspeth County population density was less than one human per square mile (0.8 PSM) in 1998.
Vermont population density was 62 per square mile.
Population density was 77 times as great in Vermont as in Hudspeth County.

Precipitation, what spreads pollution, is low in Hudspeth County, and about three times as high in Vermont.

I guess I don't see the racism in Sanders' decision in this matter. Texas decided the spot, and the spot was far less dangerous for humans, regardless of race, than any place in Vermont.. Unless someone has Sanders on tape insinuating race was a motive in his decision, the charge appears to be without merit -From the Comments of the article

Reply
FlaviusAetitus PA, Bernie2020
04/10/16 10:03 pm

There's probably more to the story than your biased question. And by the way, could you stop putting his anti Bernie questions up, it's getting annoying

Reply
Bobnpt The Ocean State
04/10/16 7:45 pm

I voted "yes", but don't know enough, unbiased reporting on what happened. I had assumed that putting the waste in an extremely unpopulated spot was a smart move, after all, this town was where NYC had dumped their sludge for decades. George Bush was governor and he supported it, since it would bring in more money to the state from Vermont. At the time, it may have been the best decision. I don't know. Where would you suggest the waste be stored? BTW, I think Sanders is an idiot. I would never support or vote for him.

Reply
17Nick76 Proud New Yorker
04/10/16 7:04 pm

How could people vote "yes" for this? I would think you would have to be a troll or an uninformed college student to vote "yes"

Reply
MediaBlackout Carry on, Carry on.
04/10/16 7:06 pm

It doesn't fit their narrative of Sanders being a perfect politician. So even if they think it's a bad move, they hate the fact that this poll is bringing his terrible vote to light.

EarlyBird Portland
04/10/16 7:27 pm

I agree with media. It's also those people who have down voted this poll.

17Nick76 Proud New Yorker
04/10/16 6:55 pm

Yeah but it's from the Huffington Post. There are probably better links out there but this is the one I used m.huffpost.com/us/entry/what-about-sierra-blanca-bernie_b_9233818.html