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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    Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    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?

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    They are building another nuke plant within 20 miles of where I sit, along with the existing three-within-100-miles I already have.


    I'm fine with that. Bring it on.

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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'm fine with it only as long as it's run by a government agency rather than by a private sector business.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    of course; i'm not against nuclear power at all. i'd like to see us explore thorium technology, also.

    it's my guess that nuclear will be a stopgap solution, though. as important as domestic energy innovation is becoming in the 21st century, i'd be surprised if nuclear is the best we can do long term.

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    If they can put a "nuclear power plant" on a submarine and air craft carrier then they can put one in my back yard anytime.

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    I see a lot of promising solar power technologies under development... it is my hope that within the next 10-20 years these will being the currently-prohibitive startup costs down and change the alt-energy equation dramatically.


    Until then.... build those nuke plants.

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Im ok with it as long as its ran by a government agency or is extremely regulated by the government.


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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    I'm against it. I don't believe we've fully exploited our hydro resources, nor are we close to where transmission isn't a major stumbling block for us. Even leaving improvements in the techs out of the picture for now, with current tech, we could generate a whole lot more from hydro.

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    I'm against it. I don't believe we've fully exploited our hydro resources, nor are we close to where transmission isn't a major stumbling block for us. Even leaving improvements in the techs out of the picture for now, with current tech, we could generate a whole lot more from hydro.
    Every major waterway in the US already has a hydro plant, clownboy.

    I'm not sure (and doubtless, that's my fault) what you're suggesting?

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    Re: Would You Tolerate Nuclear Power For Energy Independence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    They are building another nuke plant within 20 miles of where I sit, along with the existing three-within-100-miles I already have.
    I lived about 15 miles away from one in the UK for a while & the only scare they ever had was when they got a report of a suspected Al-Qaeda bomber heading towards the plant, along a rail line, carrying a bomb.

    Of course there was a massive security turn out, we had every shade of alphabet agency running around with guns before they eventually found the suspect who turned out to be a drunk Greek waiter, taking a short cut home, & the bomb was a parcel of meat he was taking home as a peace offering to his wife for his drunken state and his late arrival home.

    My neighbor at the time was a saftey executive at the plant & he said a bomb wouldnt have done anything anyway as it doesnt work that way.

    Anyway, the fact that the saftey executive chose to live within 15 miles of the plant always told me he was fairly confident about the plants saftey & he's the expert so I was happy to go with his opinion.

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