If I had a billion dollars?
People die in coal mining disasters every year, or from chronic conditions caused by black lung. Oil rig damage causes leaks into the oceans, polluting people's livelihood.
I know a nuclear meltdown would cause much bigger problems, but this is unlikely. People often cite Russia's ONE disaster without really understanding what happened. A lot has changed since then.
Personally, I would like to see more of an investment in fusion research. So far we are 50 years away from a commercial reactor... I would like to see this time cut in half. Fusion is much safer than current nuclear fission systems, and the energy surpluses would solve human material inequities within a generation.
Given the problems at stake I still think Nuclear is the way to go for power along with other renewable energy sources such as dams, solar, wind, etc.
Last edited by TheNextEra; 04-25-09 at 09:17 PM.
I had an uncle die to a coal mining death so I agree with what you said.
However, I think the fear is the fact of the number of deaths due to a nuclear power plant accident is known more simply because 100% of the residents do not sign such a statement of liability due to accident as coal miners do.
IMO it is much like the plane crash scenario. More people die due to highway accidents than to airline accidents, but since the percentage rate of fatality rate of airline accidents is much greater than the percentage of fatality rate of highway accidents, people play that the fatalities of airlines are much worse.
Which it never does as history shows.Over all long term construction (three years to build a GIII plant) assuming all goes well.
Perhaps, but the private sector has long disagreed with your bullish attitude on nuclear.The ROI for Nuclear power is longer then an oil or coal plant, but the long term operation is financially secure.
"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
In less than 50 years, this debate will be pointless, as fusion power enters center stage. The first step in development is the creation of a tokomak, which is the magnetic field that is able to hold the hydrogen. We are almost there on that.
Until fusion becomes a reality, we can live with controlled fission power. Sure, there will be dangerous byproducts, but that is just temporary. Today's nuclear power will blend perfectly with solar and wind power.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016