Sunday, August 29, 2010

What can be Greener than Nuclear Power

Seriously??  Why haven't there been any nuclear power plants built in the last 30 years?  They are safe, clean, and produce a lot of power.  Is it the transportation of nuclear waste?  Is it the disposal of nuclear waste?  Is it the threat of a possible meltdown?  How much was spent in the Gulf trying to plug that well and clean up the oil? I'm sure you could have built a couple of nuclear reactors with that money.  Why are we putting so much money in green technology when we already have it?  I don't mind research, but if it works, use it!

1 comment:

  1. "How much was spent in the Gulf trying to plug that well and clean up the oil?"

    That cost is insignificant to the costs to contain (note, not clean up -- time is the only thing that cleans up radiation) Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. Waste of human life is the most unsustainable human activity: it costs a LOT of resources to raise, educate and train a responsible member of the human race!

    Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie (who died from radiation sickness)

    Fear is nature's little way of saying "hey, maybe you should think about this and find a better way"

    Ecologically-built solar, wind and hydroelectric are much less fearful than nukes.

    However thorium-based nuclear reactors deserve further understanding, as we do need to replace the base load coal generators with an "always-on" power generation source (sun and wind is not "always on"). The question is whether this can be accomplished with biomass power generation stations.