Yucca 2025 • Nevada Current

Some Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives went full-on blast-from-the-past last week, re-upping the idea of putting the nation’s nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

And so at a Senate Energy Committee hearing Tuesday, Nevada Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto had U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm confirm yet again that nope, the Biden administration has zero interest in or intention of reviving the waste dump siting process at any time or in any way shape or form, and not a single penny of Biden’s recently proposed budget is allocated to do that.

Well alrighty then, or words to that effect, said Cortez Masto, whose office then promptly issued a press release quoting her exchange with Granholm.

But there is the sinister possibility that voters in Nevada and other battleground states will elect an old, addled megalomaniac hell-bent on personal gratification via lawless authoritarian vengeance as president of the United States in 2024, because prices are higher now than they were in 2019. (Those voters will be extra-bummed later when 2019 prices still don’t come back.)

In other words, Trump, not Biden, might be president next year.

Trump was for the Yucca Mountain waste dump before he was against it. Fortunately, his administration, administratively, if you will, was in large part an exercise in incompetence and chaos. For the nation and its people, Trump “administration” blundering and ineffectiveness was probably, on balance, for the best.

As you may have heard there is now a sprawling Trump administration-in-waiting, sort of a shadow government, composed of lavishly funded organizations dedicated to avoiding a repeat of the administrative omnishambles that characterized Trump’s first occupation of the White House. 

Instead, this time, if there is one, they want to stack Trump’s administration with thousands of aspiring future federal employees currently being trained to be ready, willing – and maybe even able – to concentrate power in the White House, which will brush aside federal agencies and the authorities currently bestowed on those agencies by Congress and the courts.

The founders were so hot for “checks and balances” and “separation of powers” they entrenched those doctrines in the Constitution. But the groups hoping to write and carry out policy for a second Trump term feel that everything would be much better if Trump is allowed to rule as the all-powerful law unto himself he clearly already believes he is.

The army of right-wing ideologues who aspire to displace “deep state” expertise with expertise all their own are the product of dozens of groups, but the effort is spearheaded by the once-respectable (more or less) Heritage Foundation and its “Project 2025 Presidential Transition Project.”

“It is not enough for conservatives to win elections,” reads a statement on the project’s homepage. “We need both a governing agenda and the right people in place, ready to carry this agenda out on Day One of the next conservative Administration.”

(For the record, Trump and his movement are a lot of things. “Conservative” isn’t…

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