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  •  Conservation, nat. gas (2+ / 0-)
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    and using natural energy flows as much as possible are just good places to START.  But we have to reduce emissions by 80%!!!!!  That can only be done if the very underpinnings of core energy systems are completely replaced.  I'm afraid the only thing that can operate on that level, providing dispatachable power 24x7 on truly industrial scales, and do so for the foreseeable future, is nuclear power.  There are so many innovative options available in the nuclear-power design space; but, you wouldn't know it because even talking about it seems to be verboten in too many circles.  

    Government imposed regulator barriers to nuclear power must be lowered so these innovations can flourish, and our collective fear of radiation needs to be addressed using the best science fact available.  Even though 50 years of fact prove nuclear power to be the safest and cleanest form of mass-generation available, we need everyone to stand back and rethink this one through.  The future of the planet depends on it.

    This new documentary will certainly help this conversation:  Pandora's Promise by Robert Stone, just recently screened at Sundance.  From the link:

    ...The film is anchored around the personal narratives of a growing number of leading former anti-nuclear activists and pioneering scientists who, in the face of considerable controversy, are directly challenging the anti-nuclear orthodoxy that is a founding tenet of the mainstream environmental movement.

    Operating as history, cultural meditation and contemporary exploration, PANDORA’S PROMISE aims to inspire a serious and realistic debate over what is without question the most important question of our time: how do we continue to power modern civilization without destroying it?

    The intrinsic nature of Power is such that those who seek it most are least qualified to wield it.

    by mojo workin on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:59:16 AM PST

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    •  Thanks for the Link (1+ / 0-)
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      I recommended your comment. For me, nuclear power is an open question. I don't have a settled opinion one way or another.

      "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

      by bink on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:06:08 AM PST

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      •  Thanks, appreciate the reply (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm a certified science nerd, so I spend the time digging into the science and technology behind the scenes.  IMHO, nuclear is badly misunderstood, especially in relation to the alternatives for on-demand power at huge scales.

        I can't think of a bigger issue for everyone to delve into, understand fully, and get right.  It takes work and, unfortunately, accepting dogmas is a lot easier - a trap too many fall into.

        Powering human civilization affordably and sustainably is a matter of survival.  I fully agree with the assertion that this is the biggest, most important question of our time.

        The intrinsic nature of Power is such that those who seek it most are least qualified to wield it.

        by mojo workin on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:20:35 AM PST

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