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  •  This is (8+ / 0-)

    fascinating.
    http://www.youtube.com/...

    Thorium Reactors. Most likely squelched by big oil.

    Mojo, can you imagine if someone came out with a completely safe small reactor like you mentioned. You'd see big oil and their political puppets screaming "Regulate! REGULATE!!!"

    "If fighting for a more equal and equitable distribution of the wealth of this country is socialistic, I stand guilty of being a socialist." Walter Reuther

    by fugwb on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 07:28:56 AM PDT

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    •  They ALREADY DO (8+ / 0-)

      With regard to licensing of new reactor types, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission won't even offer a guess as to when they could even start to look at it.  Then it would be 5 years of paperwork, as it is now with old reactor designs.  So, innovation such a pebble-bed reactors, molten-salt reactors, etc. are rendered still-born.  I believe it is ON PURPOSE to protect the Exxon-economy.  

      BTW, proliferation is one of their standard arguments for fear and hyper-regulation, but one cannot make a bomb from reactor-grade plutonium.  

      As for fear, radiation is actually a weak carcinogen.  You need a lot to cause harm - about 1000 times higher than current regulated limits.  See Radiation and Reason.  A nuclear plant is not permitted to emit radiation to the extent of 10 times LESS than natural background.  How that is helpful to public health, I don't know.  But, I sure know how such a reg as that drives costs to the sky.  Again, either they are stupid to use such an unreasonable limit or its on purpose...

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

      by mojo workin on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 08:42:39 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks Mojo. (2+ / 0-)
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        And we go merrily on down the road while our worthless, whore politicians continue to do their master's bidding.....

        But hey! We've got McDonald's and American Idol!!....

        "If fighting for a more equal and equitable distribution of the wealth of this country is socialistic, I stand guilty of being a socialist." Walter Reuther

        by fugwb on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 09:04:22 AM PDT

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    •  Instead, I think they would all be issuing state- (0+ / 0-)

      ments regretting the loss of the "brilliant minds" in all those "tragic accidents.  (Heh, heh.)"

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