View Poll Results: Are You Interested In More Nuclear Power?

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Thread: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    It's not the plants or even the deep-sea wells that are the pollution problem - it's the tankers. If you want to reduce pollution and spillage from the oil industry, then you need to maximize domestic production in order to reduce the amount that gets' pulled out of the ground overseas where they care less and then shipped across a couple of oceans to us.
    We don't have a harbor big enough for oil distribution. Shipping is done by truck and train. Exxon isn't the only plant either. We have Bayer to thank as well.
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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Not just yes, but hell yes.
    Lived 12 miles from a plant for 15 years. Could see the cooling tower, clear as day. Literally a dozen relatives work(ed) there. Never gave it a second thought.
    Of course, I understand how nuclear power works, so I don't fear it...

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    If they manage to sell enough Chevy Volts, then electricity will become the significant power source. In time, batteries will greatly increase their storage capacity and cars will be designed from the ground up to use this technology. Keeping electricity cheap and plentiful will be important so it is still worthwhile to do this.


    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    Apples and Oranges.....
    Nukes make electricity, and we have lots of other ways of making electricity, some are 24/7, other are only when the wind blows and the sun shines...
    Regardless, our big problem is transportation fuels and no amount of nuclear, or other, sourced electricity will replace gasoline and diesel fuels for power density and long range....
    If only WE could make oil in the quantities needed and at a reasonable expense, but WE can't. Mother nature has the patent, and the monopoly, on oil....

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Absolutely yes.

    Now, I think the main push should be toward individual energy production wherever possible. Encouraging people to upgrade their houses and buildings with solar panels or wind turbines (whichever works best for their area)(I know people in the Seattle area who went solar and are able to sell back some of their energy production to the plants), encouraging energy efficiency for homes and businesses, and highly encouraging public transportation and just plain ol' walking, particularly short distances or even just riding a bike. There should also be a push to make public buildings, structures, anything that needs power to "go green".

    I want to see nuclear as a backbone til we might get something or a combination of something cleaner and stable.

    I want to see the ban on recycling US spent fuel though removed. I just don't see how it is not worth it to reclaim that last little bit of fuel left from spent reactors.

    Also, for those talking about regulation. NRC. Been in place since 1974.
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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    We don't have a harbor big enough for oil distribution. Shipping is done by truck and train. Exxon isn't the only plant either. We have Bayer to thank as well.
    I'm not quite sure what you are trying to say here - shipping of oil to our shores by tanker is the actual largest source of oil-pollution. If you want to decrease that, therefore, then you need to decrease the amount getting shipped to us by tankers. There are two realistic ways to do that:

    1. Send the US back into a deep recession marked by higher unemployment so that fewer people drive their cars to work
    2. Increase domestic production

    Given the hugely negative effects of the first, and the moderately positive effects of the second (taken a look at unemployment in South Dakota lately? Oil jobs pay above the national average, and don't require college degrees, to boot), I'll take #2 for several trillion, Alex.

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    According to some calculations, enough wave energy hits the West coast in a week to power the entire country for a year.
    If we can harness that at cost, then that sounds fantastic. But I predict efforts to do so will meet a blizzard of lawsuits to protect the sand snails' pristine habitat. Eco's are often their own worst enemy.

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Absolutely yes.

    Now, I think the main push should be toward individual energy production wherever possible. Encouraging people to upgrade their houses and buildings with solar panels or wind turbines (whichever works best for their area)(I know people in the Seattle area who went solar and are able to sell back some of their energy production to the plants), encouraging energy efficiency for homes and businesses, and highly encouraging public transportation and just plain ol' walking, particularly short distances or even just riding a bike. There should also be a push to make public buildings, structures, anything that needs power to "go green".

    I want to see nuclear as a backbone til we might get something or a combination of something cleaner and stable.

    I want to see the ban on recycling US spent fuel though removed. I just don't see how it is not worth it to reclaim that last little bit of fuel left from spent reactors.

    Also, for those talking about regulation. NRC. Been in place since 1974.
    * I like this - but I would like to note that I make that contingent on a particular definition of "push".

    To what, exactly, are you referring to, there?

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    * I like this - but I would like to note that I make that contingent on a particular definition of "push".

    To what, exactly, are you referring to, there?
    Basically "incentives as encouragement". There could be some effort to change new building regulations to include energy efficiency, but most should be encouraged, not regulated.
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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Basically "incentives as encouragement". There could be some effort to change new building regulations to include energy efficiency, but most should be encouraged, not regulated.
    It seems that the cost-savings should already be the incentives. Are you talking about government payment options? You "greened" your windows, so here is a $10 million tax break?

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    I stand for cold fusion. Otherwise, no.

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