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    Re: Do we need nuclear power plants?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I'm a right leaning American, no. If their meltdown wasn't such a huge threat the environment and spent fuel rods did not need to be put in radiation proof containers and buried deep in the ground I would support it nuclear power. I am sure if a coal plant, natural gas plant, trash to energy plant or some other similar type of plant exploded it can be cleaned up and another one can be built.If a nuclear power plant had a meltdown then we can kiss that area goodbye for a long time.
    Technically, we don't have to do everything we do with spent nuclear fuel rods. We should be recycling them, as most everyone else in the nuclear power ran world does instead of being stupidly paranoid and waiting to get rid of them. It is an absolute and unnecessary waste.

    And there are plenty of things that could cause issues for us if precautions are not taken. Even coal plants can cause massive widespread pollution if accidents happen. What happens is a dam breaks? Nuclear power has a lot of safety precautions.

    What is the worst kind of power plant disaster? Hint: It's not nuclear.
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    Re: Do we need nuclear power plants?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    Build more of them. Lots more. Nuclear power is a key component of weaning ourselves off of fossil fuels. Mainly because unlike wind and solar, nuclear plants can be placed anywhere without losing efficiency.

    And while nuclear fuels aren't unlimited, we have a much larger supply of them than we do fossil fuels. And since the cost of generating nuclear power is less dependent on the price of fuel than fossil fuels, costs to generate electricity with nuclear will rise less as fuel becomes more expensive.
    So do you want to become more dependent on foreign sources for our energy needs?? How do you feel about transporting nuclear fuel/waste across the country? How do you feel about the long term support of mothballed nuclear facilities?? How do you feel about the lack of long term storage/disposal of nuclear waste??
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    Re: Do we need nuclear power plants?

    Quote Originally Posted by ConsvLiberal View Post
    What do you think about nuclear power plants?
    Nuclear plants are currently the only for producing the most energy, and is the only viable option that allows us to conserve our fossil resources for plastics.

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    Re: Do we need nuclear power plants?

    Quote Originally Posted by faithful_servant View Post
    So do you want to become more dependent on foreign sources for our energy needs??
    The US and Canada both have a decent amount of uranium, and Australia has a lot more, so getting it from allies isn't an issue. If we switch to thorium reactors, the US has one of the highest concentrations of thorium we know about. So fuel availability isn't really an issue.

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    How do you feel about transporting nuclear fuel/waste across the country?
    As long as it's done safely it's no big deal.

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    How do you feel about the long term support of mothballed nuclear facilities?? How do you feel about the lack of long term storage/disposal of nuclear waste??
    This is the one sticking point with nuclear power, but in the long-term, I think this is less of an issue than dumping too much CO2 into the atmosphere and running out of fossil fuels.

    Personally, I don't see why they don't just dump spent reactor fuel into the ocean. You'd have to spread it around so there wasn't too much in one place, but thorium and uranium are naturally occurring. It's not like we're adding radiation to the planet that wasn't already there. We're just moving it around.
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    Re: Do we need nuclear power plants?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Technically, we don't have to do everything we do with spent nuclear fuel rods. We should be recycling them, as most everyone else in the nuclear power ran world does instead of being stupidly paranoid and waiting to get rid of them. It is an absolute and unnecessary waste.

    And there are plenty of things that could cause issues for us if precautions are not taken. Even coal plants can cause massive widespread pollution if accidents happen. What happens is a dam breaks? Nuclear power has a lot of safety precautions.

    What is the worst kind of power plant disaster? Hint: It's not nuclear.
    But if a coal power had an accident it can be cleaned up and rebuilt in the same area.If a damn busted it can be rebuilt in that same area.Generations of people are not going to prevent generations of people from using those areas.
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    Re: Do we need nuclear power plants?

    My answer is not a listed option. Yes, but far from where I live.

    What I do support however is cities chosen voluntarily by ballot referendum to have mandatory building code enforced solar electric roofing. This would not apply to existing buildings, only new construction and re-roofing projects. The market for solar electric panels this would create would push innovation for more advanced R&D in the area. In the meantime, the cost to consumers would be offset by the savings realized in their electric bills and rebates for sending unused electric back down the power grid.
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    Re: Do we need nuclear power plants?

    If not for two minor disasters, we'd have plenty of nuclear proliferation.

    Stupid media and making it seem like it was the end of the world.
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    Re: Do we need nuclear power plants?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    I'm a right leaning American, no. If their meltdown wasn't such a huge threat the environment and spent fuel rods did not need to be put in radiation proof containers and buried deep in the ground I would support it nuclear power. I am sure if a coal plant, natural gas plant, trash to energy plant or some other similar type of plant exploded it can be cleaned up and another one can be built.If a nuclear power plant had a meltdown then we can kiss that area goodbye for a long time.
    Meltdowns aren't that huge a threat. There's been one very serious meltdown ever (Chernobyl) and one almost as serious disaster at Fukushima. That's essentially it. Far more land is damaged by coal mines and rendered uninhabitable for extended periods of time. The danger from nuclear power is vastly overrated.

    One metric I'm fond of for seeing this is looking at number of human deaths per a kilowatt hour. Nuclear is far safer by this metric than coal or oil. See e.g. here.

    Solar and wind are nice, but if we're going to deal with energy independence, declining fossil fuel levels, global warming, and generally keeping most of the world clean and pure for our children and grandchildren, nuclear is going to need to be part of our energy profile. In the long run, as batteries get better and solar gets better, we'll be able to eventually switch to complete renewables, and you can do your part to help out (and in many places save money!) by buying your own solar panels for your house. But for at least a few more decades, we're going to need to have nuclear on the grid.

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    Re: Do we need nuclear power plants?

    Nuclear power should play a major role in the energy production of developed countries for the forseeable future. How much of a role will depend from country to country. On the whole I think it is unwise to exclude building new nuclear power plants, just as it is unwise to rely exclusively or in excessive measure on nuclear power plants.

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    Re: Do we need nuclear power plants?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Absolutely, build more of them.
    Not only that, but replace the ones that are getting old.
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