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  •  Let us all support the protests in Japan! (3+ / 0-)
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    JesseCW, Daneel, DawnN

    Nuclear needs to be looked at as a 3-legged stool with all three legs needing to be stable for nuclear power to be considered a viable option for our energy future.  If any of the 3 are unstable then nuclear power use should not be expanded and existing plants should be decommissioned as quickly as feasible.  

    As I see it the 3 legs are:

    1.  The safe operation of all things nuclear ( not limited to power).    
    2.  A solution to nuclear waste storage.
    3.  Closely related to number 2 but needing to be mentioned in its own right is the close relationship between the fuel cycle and the ability to produce weapons (either dirty bombs or the sophisticated ones).

    I argue that none of the 3 legs can be considered stable.
    Nuclear needs to be evaluated in ways beyond just economics.  What price do you put on a person being kicked out of their home for decades due to an accident?  

    Latest reports show 70% of the Japanese people oppose nuclear.  I read this morning that 170,000 people were in the streets in Tokyo protesting the restart of reactors.  

    If we really want to straighten out all this crap we need to really think about shit!

    by John Crapper on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 10:42:58 AM PDT

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