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  •  Engineers can't design this out of nuclear (1+ / 0-)
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    They cannot design out humans. Because it is humans that design the damned things. The Fuckishima disaster was due to the fact that the engineers did not properly protect the pumps. I think Three Mile Island was due to operator negligence. . . not watching the guages or what not. Hell, having one worked on the safety books for the NRC, I can report that there was page after page after page after page after page after page after page of problems, all in small print. And remember, when something goes wrong with wind, the generator locks up or the blade rips off, usually killing no one, not so with nuclear.

    I am so sick and tired of people defending this dumbassed way to make power when there are alternatives. Almost everywhere where geothermal has been tried, it has been far more successful than ever anticipated. Just what the hell are we waiting for?

      •  Wow...seriously? What "point" is that? (0+ / 0-)

        Far more people have died erecting wind towers in the US than died working at nuclear power plants.

        Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

        by davidwalters on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 09:04:38 AM PDT

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        •  Not to confuse the point (0+ / 0-)

          We don't know how many people have died at nuclear plants or from them. My aunt's house was so close to three mile island, we could see the towers prominently from her back yard. She died from a multitude of health problems and thought her thyroid problem had nothing to do with the accident. Perhaps she was right. Or perhaps she could not bear the thought that her meager home that she worked two jobs to pay off in just ten years, was now a toxic prison. When nuclear kills, it doen't leave a calling card behind.

          A week after she was allowed to return to her home, the Air Force delivered water to all the residents, stating that they had a "pesticide spill on the golf course" and everyone should use this bottled water to be safe.

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