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  •  In a sane world we would stop using nuclear (3+ / 0-)
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    ... at least until we have technology to safely handle whatever power a nuclear reaction can throw at us.

    Which we don't. Not even remotely.  

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    "Und wer nicht tanzen will am Schluss - weiß noch nicht dass er tanzen muss", Rammstein, "Amerika"

    by cris0000 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:34:18 PM PST

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    •  But you can't get to the safety you dream of (0+ / 0-)

      without exploring the technology. The French seem to have no trouble with nuclear power though and it provides 70% of their electricity. All their reactors are basically identical and managed by the State. All the plants, apart from Chernobyl, that have had major accidents were privately run and were more or less unique. There's a lesson there.

      For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

      by Anne Elk on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 01:47:20 PM PST

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      •  exploring te technology is not production use (3+ / 0-)
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        And with safety I don't mean a little tweak here and there.  

        What would be needed is materials with qualities that don't even exist in theory today, or science fiction grade force fields.

        So, unless your name is Jean-Luc and you work for a San Francisco based military research organization, please spare me the French examples. (ahem - for what its worth, the French have still no convincing concept for final repository of spent nuclear fuel, too).

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        "Und wer nicht tanzen will am Schluss - weiß noch nicht dass er tanzen muss", Rammstein, "Amerika"

        by cris0000 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 02:38:53 PM PST

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    •  Apropos to your thought here, (2+ / 0-)
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      there was an interview with Jonathan Schell in Der Spiegel nearly two years ago, which I found very interesting, especially this quote (bolding is mine for emphasis):

      SPIEGEL: You say that dealing with nuclear energy is like gambling with "Mother Nature's power." Why is it so totally different from other sources of energy?

      Schell: Because it's so colossally more powerful. Comparable energy can be found, at best, in the center of stars. It's basically not found on earth naturally, and it's only through our own scientific brilliance that we've been able to introduce it into the terrestrial setting. But, unfortunately, we're not as advanced morally, practically and politically as we are scientifically, so we are not prepared to control this force properly. The most dangerous illusion we have concerning nuclear energy is that we can control it.

      http://www.spiegel.de/...

      It's worth reading the entire thing.

      „Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.“ - Bertolt Brecht

      by translatorpro on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 03:04:18 PM PST

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