The US is resuming its nuclear power program. Thoughts? 40 replies

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NiteStryker

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#21 8 years ago
Anlushac11;5243368 The US has agreed to back financing for two new nuclear reactors in Georgia.

There is no reason to not get off oil and coal and get on nuclear. You just cant have monkeys running the show. Altho if a Chernobyl happened in Georgia, I dont think there would be any genetic imperfections...isnt there alot of cousin-marriages down there anyhow?

There hasnt been a nuclear plant built in like 30 years. Its about time we build some more.




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#22 8 years ago

Storing old nuclear waste is the problem. If proper conditions aren't constantly maintained, then everyone's screwed.




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#23 8 years ago

The methods for long term(thousands of years) storage seem to be fairly sound. The waste is getting buried in geologically stable salt formations. From what I have read is that over time the salt will totally encase the waste in a stable waterproof cocoon. The US's plan was to store the waste at a facility in yucca mountain which which is in the southwestern US near Las Vegas. However the plan is on hold because someone remembered that there is still tons of useful material in radioactive waste and that burying it would not be the best idea if we want to use it in the future.




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#24 8 years ago
Sadim-Al-Bouncer;5247395Storing old nuclear waste is the problem. If proper conditions aren't constantly maintained, then everyone's screwed.

I think storing nuclear waste is way way way better than pumping carbon into the atmosphere.

Why dont we load it into a rocket and shoot it into the sun?

So we bury it and what, in a thousand years, it will be decayed into nothing?




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#25 8 years ago
NiteStryker;5248554 Why dont we load it into a rocket and shoot it into the sun?

Too expensive at the current prices of tens of thousands of dollars per pound of payload. Also, with a failure rate for rockets of 1% or so and thousands of tons that need to be disposed you'll eventually have a rocket filled with nuclear waste exploding during take-off.




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#26 8 years ago

I don't know what's worse, actually.

That he asked that question, or that you gave it a serious reply. ;)




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#27 8 years ago

EO Violation;5248655I don't know what's worse, actually.

That he asked that question, or that you gave it a serious reply. ;)

It was a legitimate question.




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#28 8 years ago

Sadim-Al-Bouncer;5247395Storing old nuclear waste is the problem. If proper conditions aren't constantly maintained, then everyone's screwed.[/QUOTE]If there weren't so many fucks in Nevada, that would have already been fixed.

[QUOTE=NiteStryker;5248689]It was a legitimate question.

Sometimes rockets go 'boom' and then you have raining radioactive shit everywhere.

So we bury it and what, in a thousand years, it will be decayed into nothing?

Some elements found in radioactive waste can take over a billion years to decay.




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#29 8 years ago
Stratopwn3r;5248839Some elements found in radioactive waste can take over a billion years to decay.

So when humans die out from some disease, we'll still be damaging the environment. I'd like to see more geothermal energy. Iceland has pletny of it and knows how to use it.




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#30 8 years ago
Sadim-Al-Bouncer;5250215So when humans die out from some disease, we'll still be damaging the environment. I'd like to see more geothermal energy. Iceland has pletny of it and knows how to use it.

A radioactive element that has a half life of one billion years does almost nothing to the environment. It's the elements with half lives of say, 30 years that are a problem. Because they decay in under a human lifetime.