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  •  The pressurized light water reactor is one... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...of the greatest inventions of the 20th century.

    It saved millions of lives.

    It has a limited mission, to be sure, simply to produce electricity, and it depends on isotope separation to operate, except when fueled by MOX fuel.

    These are drawbacks that could probably be improved, but this old technology is vastly superior to any new technology represented by any other form of energy, particularly the popular junk that - as you point out - depends on dangerous fossil fuels to exist, so called "renewable energy."

    We have 60 years of industrial experience with pressurized water reactors.    In a rational world, we would be appreciating what they did for humanity, especially as we see the accelerating collapse of the planetary atmosphere because two major industrial nations, engaged in fear and ignorance, shut their nuclear capacity, one of them, thankfully temporarily.

    Can we build reactors with even lower - extraordinarily low - external costs than the pressurized water reactor?   Yes we can.   Will we?   No, we're too stupid, and we prefer to choke to death in the waste of non-nuclear technologies.

    As for the Germans, their energy policy is fear and ignorance run wild.   Their coal based policy with its wind and solar fig leaf is an assault on humanity.

    Have a nice weekend.

    •  I should add to this that ALL new nuclear plants (0+ / 0-)

      being built in the world right now, around 60 of them (yes, new Gen III plants ARE being built now folks, open your eyes, just not a lot in the U.S.) are standardized with a minimum 60 year life span. They will STILL have to be re-licensed at 40 years as all plants in the US and those countries that use US boiler plate regulations do.

      When coal plants start shutdown and NOT be replaced with gas plants in Germany, please not it here.

      Portugal? Their renewables are based on long developed hydro...and imports from Spain (with 10 nuclear 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 Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 07:40:10 AM PDT

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