The Nuclear Argument

I just watched a documentary on Netflix about nuclear power, hoping to get some more information on the science of it all, because of all the issues in the world, from homelessness to war in the Middle East, it’s the one on which I don’t have a fixed opinion.
On the one hand, I’m much more an advocate of solar and wind power, which are perfectly clean and could probably give us all the power we need, if enough of them were deployed. On the other, nuclear plants can deliver much more energy for the amount of land needed, and also don’t release carbons into the air, making them much cleaner than coal or oil burning electrical plants which, despite Chernobyl and Fukushima, have killed far more people.
But, the documentary was much more about tracing the history of nuclear energy, and the opposition to it, with the implication that there are honest and decent people on both sides. On this issue, I actually believe that to be true. I don’t want to be friends with people who love war and urge more of it, or who think police should be allowed to murder all the black people they want, but I can totally be friends with people who are pro-nuclear.
There were a couple of things in the doc, however, which pushed me in the anti-nuke direction. One was a nuclear scientist talking about ‘the lesson to be learned from Fukushima,’ which was, in his opinion, that better safety procedures were needed. I thought, dude, you may have a PhD in nuclear physics and I don’t, but that is absolutely not the lesson to be learned from Fukushima. The lesson of Fukushima is that nuclear power plants should not be built near fault lines, and probably not near coastlines, either. In fact, Japan is not a good place for nuclear energy at all. Sorry, Japan.
The other was the fact that usually when they cited a politician who was supportive of nuclear energy, it was some corrupt, war mongering asshole. Republicans and Tories were there in abundance, but so was Tony Blair, who turned out to be as big a war monger as any of them.
Still, there wasn’t enough science in the program to sway my opinion one way or another. I still say IF it could be proven safe, then I’d be for it. But that’s very much a question for scientists to decide, and I don’t think they have a clear consensus on this issue yet. So, let’s keep pushing for more solar and wind energy. Unless a wind turbine happens to fall over and land on a passing cow, there isn’t much danger in them at all.

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  1. I have an opinion too. They’re like fleas on a dog.
    Fukushima does not seem to have been an ‘accident’. The circumstances of tsunami were known – and advice against the turn-key GE installations were heard from engineers of both the designer and contractor !! YouTube had videos advertising such – and a reporter / blogger outlined prior concerns.
    The plot thickens well past that point, however, which resembles nothing so much as an act of war. Transcend Media used to cover “The NPT TRAP”, where TRAP is an acronym for Toxic RadioActive Proliferator. i.e. an unfixable catastrophe.
    Why would people think of such things? Suffice it to say they do. Not that using designs for power production in nuclear submarines for civilian power was ever an act of genius – given that the ‘used’ fuel still was 75% potent and required constant cooling – eternally.
    IRAN’S NUCLEAR ENERGY PROGRAM
    Part V: From the United States Offering Iran Uranium Enrichment Technology to Suggestions for Creating Catastrophic Industrial Failure
    http://www.payvand.com/news/04/dec/1186.html

    I read JoNova quite a bit. Opinion there is firmly that ‘green power’ is sporadic, expensive, unreliable….and a bomb when required to be amalgamed into a power grid. Rated power is so unrealistic that satire cannot do justice to the farce. Yet immediate and plentiful power is integral to any workable delivery system. Fantasy ‘renewables’ …… well, they still are.

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