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

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  • Hell no! Remember Chernobyl?

    21 16.67%
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  • Maybe. What do the scientists say?

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveFagan View Post
    Well, you should clean your Photovoltaic panels occasionally. Batteries need electrolyte occasionally and that is like your car battery, just pour a little in. Solar Reflex Heaters need to be installed during cold seasons or reversed for summer, depending on the aesthetic design. Solar is really low tech at the single house level. You just have to make sure the sun keeps coming up. The words sustainable fit well. A lot different than a nuke. Now, that is complicated and I have great admiration for knowledgeable operators.. I just don't like the business and it will always be a Big Money business because it is about the Centralized Collection of Monies. That is what the Nuclear Utility does. Just plug it in to the Grid.
    the GRID, I don't get it.....surely the electric companies know that the bigger the grid the bigger the failure of that grid....when someone forgets to trim a tree in Idaho and it starts a major forest fire as well as shutting down several states, there is a design failure or 6 that needs to be addressed. Grids work well in that they collect power from many and distribute to many, but they need to be more regional.
    We had some massive blackouts in the northeast, but that was way, way back, more than a week ago, so we all forget they happened....
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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Absolutely! There is no logical or any other reason for us to still have coal plants. Wind is to unreliable and will never be a primary source of electrical power. Solar may have a brighter future than wind as a primary source but we are a long ways from it. Both Solar and Wind still rely upon storage during darkness for solar and low/no wind times for Wind. These batteries are themselves a hazard in bot creation and storage when they fail. Geo-thermal also is limited, but like solar, should be exploited to the maximum extent possible.

    We are poised on the edge of collapse with our current systems. Our existing Nuke plants are all getting old and need replacing with newer, safer technologies. With the looming EPA policies on coal, we face losing a major portion of our electrical grid in less than a year as existing coal plants, themselves old, cannot meet the new guidelines and will forced to close. We don't have new plants built or reserve capacity to make up for the loss.

    We need to massively increase our electrical power production. This would be a first step towards energy independence. But only a first step because our electrical generation is not a major consumer of imported energy in the form of oil.

    Steps towards energy independence that we need to embrace.

    Step 1 -- Increase electrical power generation and efficiency of distribution

    Step 2 -- As power levels rise, force the conversion of cargo rail towards pure electric systems instead of Diesel-Electric which is currently the backbone. Build a system of high-speed direct lines from major ports/producer areas and a hub system to transfer to low-speed electric rail for further distribution. This would allow the shift of a large amount of cargo from Air and Semi's to the more efficient and non-carbon fossil fuel based systems currently in use.

    Step 3 -- Refocus Hybrid and other alternative fuels towards Trucks, Tractors and other means of distributing goods. Distribution of products, either by rail, truck or air and the production, especially in agriculture, are the actual major consumer of imported oil/energy, not automobiles.

    Step 4 -- Mass transportation in urban and suburban areas. We are the worst for mas-transit of any industrialized nation with high population areas. In many cities, what mass-transit that exists is focused upon the poor and non-productive portions of our society. Mass-transit needs to be focused and planned to move workers from home to work first. Only when it achieves the ability to move 75% or more of that segment of the population should it be focused towards other areas. When we achieve that level of convenience and availability for the workers, based primarily on electric driven means, will we see great reductions in the use of personal automobiles.

    To achieve this, we must increase and improve the use of non-fossil fuel (coal and natural gas) electrical power generation. For the foreseeable future, Nuclear is the only means available to meet our needs without resorting to fossil-fuels. With an increase of use of nuclear, we can progress to making it cheaper, safer and more recyclable.
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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I support the Keystone pipeline, getting more natural gas and drilling more of our oil as well as more nuclear power. I think we should go for the most cost effective method that results in energy independence (or at least has us getting more energy from Canada and virtually none from the Middle East).
    As much as I agree with you, I'd include solar, geothermal, and wind..
    bottom line
    better education, then we can progress
    Also, this does not address the terrorist threat...yes....give these criminals time, and they will figure out how to destroy nuclear power plants and millions of us....I'd say that this is very serious.
    They are NOT really criminal, even as their actions are.
    We must, as it were, pop their balloon.
    Killing OBL was not the answer.

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    As much as I agree with you, I'd include solar, geothermal, and wind..
    bottom line
    better education, then we can progress
    Also, this does not address the terrorist threat...yes....give these criminals time, and they will figure out how to destroy nuclear power plants and millions of us....I'd say that this is very serious.
    They are NOT really criminal, even as their actions are.
    We must, as it were, pop their balloon.
    Killing OBL was not the answer.
    soon the terrorists will have local nuke plants to attack....the Saudi's are going to build them and sell power to their neighbors...
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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    soon the terrorists will have local nuke plants to attack....the Saudi's are going to build them and sell power to their neighbors...
    Apparently, the Saudis plan to stay in the energy business. Smart thinking. Hedge your bets before the rug gets pulled out.
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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    Absolutely! There is no logical or any other reason for us to still have coal plants. Wind is to unreliable and will never be a primary source of electrical power. Solar may have a brighter future than wind as a primary source but we are a long ways from it. Both Solar and Wind still rely upon storage during darkness for solar and low/no wind times for Wind. These batteries are themselves a hazard in bot creation and storage when they fail. Geo-thermal also is limited, but like solar, should be exploited to the maximum extent possible.

    We are poised on the edge of collapse with our current systems. Our existing Nuke plants are all getting old and need replacing with newer, safer technologies. With the looming EPA policies on coal, we face losing a major portion of our electrical grid in less than a year as existing coal plants, themselves old, cannot meet the new guidelines and will forced to close. We don't have new plants built or reserve capacity to make up for the loss.

    We need to massively increase our electrical power production. This would be a first step towards energy independence. But only a first step because our electrical generation is not a major consumer of imported energy in the form of oil.

    Steps towards energy independence that we need to embrace.

    Step 1 -- Increase electrical power generation and efficiency of distribution

    Step 2 -- As power levels rise, force the conversion of cargo rail towards pure electric systems instead of Diesel-Electric which is currently the backbone. Build a system of high-speed direct lines from major ports/producer areas and a hub system to transfer to low-speed electric rail for further distribution. This would allow the shift of a large amount of cargo from Air and Semi's to the more efficient and non-carbon fossil fuel based systems currently in use.

    Step 3 -- Refocus Hybrid and other alternative fuels towards Trucks, Tractors and other means of distributing goods. Distribution of products, either by rail, truck or air and the production, especially in agriculture, are the actual major consumer of imported oil/energy, not automobiles.

    Step 4 -- Mass transportation in urban and suburban areas. We are the worst for mas-transit of any industrialized nation with high population areas. In many cities, what mass-transit that exists is focused upon the poor and non-productive portions of our society. Mass-transit needs to be focused and planned to move workers from home to work first. Only when it achieves the ability to move 75% or more of that segment of the population should it be focused towards other areas. When we achieve that level of convenience and availability for the workers, based primarily on electric driven means, will we see great reductions in the use of personal automobiles.

    To achieve this, we must increase and improve the use of non-fossil fuel (coal and natural gas) electrical power generation. For the foreseeable future, Nuclear is the only means available to meet our needs without resorting to fossil-fuels. With an increase of use of nuclear, we can progress to making it cheaper, safer and more recyclable.
    NO, step 1 is learning how to waste less of it.....The Rocky Mountain Institute calculates that vampire loads (wall warts, etc.) account for about 18 coal fired power plants....
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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Once the fission fusion reactors come on line we will have a new era of power.

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Yeah sure - I support Thorium energy 100%
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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by blaxshep View Post
    Once the fission fusion reactors come on line we will have a new era of power.
    electrical power....we will still have an oil problem.
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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by blaxshep View Post
    Once the fission fusion reactors come on line we will have a new era of power.
    They said that 50 years ago. They still be working on it.
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