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?

    29 23.02%
  • Absolutely! Every other idea is even worse.

    79 62.70%
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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 Pinkie View Post
    We humans cracked the atom sometime in the early 1940's; built the first nuclear power plant anywhere on the planet in 1954 in the USSR. The US currently has 104 nuclear power plants.

    Nuclear Energy Institute - U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

    I can't believe I'm asking this, but I am. I'd rather have another one in my county than to have fraking for natural gas going on, or coal mining, or that benighted Keystone Pipeline.

    What say you? Could we achieve energy independence via building more nuclear power plants, and if so, would you be willing to do so?
    I voted Absolutely, except that I would like to note that I strike the "every other idea is even worse" theory. We have massive amounts of energy in this country, and it is insane that we do not take advantage of it.

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    You know, that's a really good point. It seems like every two years we either have a catastrophic hurricane, or one of the ****ing plants around here blows up (Looking at you BP). So on top of the actual hazards it presents, and the utter lack of responsibility when it comes to industrial waste disposal, we'd have that too.
    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.

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post

    When we have tough standards set up by the government then its hard to cut corners even for a elected official.
    Right.........if you say so....
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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    I voted Absolutely, except that I would like to note that I strike the "every other idea is even worse" theory. We have massive amounts of energy in this country, and it is insane that we do not take advantage of it.
    According to some calculations, enough wave energy hits the West coast in a week to power the entire country for a year.
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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.
    You also need to do something about the US shipping refined oil products overseas. That was our #1 export a few months ago.
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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkie View Post
    We humans cracked the atom sometime in the early 1940's; built the first nuclear power plant anywhere on the planet in 1954 in the USSR. The US currently has 104 nuclear power plants.

    Nuclear Energy Institute - U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

    I can't believe I'm asking this, but I am. I'd rather have another one in my county than to have fraking for natural gas going on, or coal mining, or that benighted Keystone Pipeline.

    What say you? Could we achieve energy independence via building more nuclear power plants, and if so, would you be willing to do so?
    We have a few in Florida. We also have a lot of hydroelectric. I am ok with any kind of power that doesn't use fuel from another country. There are plenty of forms of power plants that don't need nukes, but I think we need to use anything to get us off natural gas.
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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.
    Yup. I imagine if we placed facilities on both coasts and in the Gulf. An advantage of these is that they operate 24/7. No intermittency issues there.

    I still think a backbone of nuclear plants is a good idea. We shouldn't place all our eggs in one basket and expect a good result. A mix of energy types would make the national grid solid and reliable.
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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.
    Oh snap. I might have been thinking about another country. Oops. Denmark? I dunno.

    US looks like total coastal theoretical generation is about 1/3:

    The United States uses about 4,000 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity per year. DOE estimates that the maximum theoretical electric generation that could be produced from waves and tidal currents is approximately 1,420 TWh per year, approximately one-third of the nation's total annual electricity usage.
    EERE News: DOE Reports Show Major Potential for Wave and Tidal Energy Production Near U.S. Coasts

    Still not too shabby.
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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by stonewall50 View Post
    There are plenty of forms of power plants that don't need nukes, but I think we need to use anything to get us off natural gas.
    We'd do better getting off coal first.
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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    All I'm saying is come on over and see for yourself. I guess you would also smell it for yourself, too. Stay here long enough and you'll feel like **** every day as well due to the bad air.
    I don't doubt you, frankly the company needs to get smacked down for that.
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