Subject: Re: eer
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From: email@example.com (Richard Steven Walz)
Date: 27 Oct 2002 06:37:41 GMT
In article ,
John Larkin wrote:
>On 26 Oct 2002 04:12:34 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard
>Steven Walz) wrote:
>>Nukes=nuclear reactors for power generation?
>Yup. A few brave souls in the environmental movement have said, very
>quietly, that nuclear power might be the most environmentally safe way
>to generate electricity, and have been promptly screamed at by the
>orthodox. With sound, standardized, fail-safe reactor designs and
>competent management, nukes are very clean and very safe.
Agreed, they ran an experimental one in Germany and were unable to
make it melt down when they tried to run it dry! But those are smaller
than investors prefer, AND trying to trust the CEOs not to crank them
up to dangerous levels for more profit would take armed guards ordered
to summarily execute them.
And the waste is STILL just as much of a longterm problem.
>how many coal miners and roughnecks die every year, versus how many
>are killed in reactor accidents (not to mention the legion who die
>falling off their roofs cleaning solar panels).
Dying off your roof doesn't pollute the gene pool of our future.
> The disposal issue has
>a simple (but politically dicey) answer: mid-ocean subduction zones.
Those crush and then squirt the stuff upwards too, you may find it coming
out of volcanoes that way.
The problem is that we have no place to put the waste cheaply enough,
the damned stuff comes back up in water tables unless we poked all the way
through the crust and mantle to let it fall to the earth's core, where
it would PROBABLY not be a problem. The cost of that would be unbelievable,
probably worth far more than the energy would EVER be. The rest is merely
a problem delayed that gets worse and worse on our genetic integrity over
But you're right, it may be a good short-term measure, BUT ONLY *UNTIL*
we perfect solar derived renewable energy. And it will be cheaper and
waste less of our remaining fossil resources if we simply get on with
it! If you want to drive a big nasty car, then join a club and do it
with alcohol and nitro.