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  •  Then why do you continue to use (0+ / 0-)

    plutonium contamination down wind or down river of weapons production facilities as an argument against fission power plants?

    Given that we currently do not know how to build a fusion plant that can replace coal, the quickest way to reduce our disastrous impact on the planet  is to replace coal with existing nuclear solutions. Even if your only metric is radiation release, nuclear beats coal. (Again, see that EPA calculator.  It comes from the fact that there are trace amounts of uranium in coal, and plants burn about 20,000 tons of coal a day with zero regulation on the radiation released).

    Now, if you want to get me up on another soap-box, get me started on the fact that the US gov't currently spends under $300M on fusion research. That's the cost of two F-22 fighter jets.  Our priorities are certainly a mess :-/

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