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  •  Nuclear power works great on the small scale (9+ / 0-)

    It's when it's expanded to such a high degree for commercial use that the problems appear.

    Keep talking, don't stop talking.  Your expertise is valuable.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Sun Jan 05, 2014 at 08:27:16 PM PST

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    •  I've always conceded that. (7+ / 0-)
      works great on the small scale
      I always have in mind the example of naval propulsion, where the safety record is pretty reasonable and the overall environmental baggage miniscule compared to utility scale fusion reactors.

      Kim Stanley Robinson's vision for terraforming Mars involved the initial colony drawing power from per-positioned small scale nuclear reactors called Rickover's, a name that signified a lot to this former naval officer.

      Nuclear medicine serves many purposes. Other scientific applications, and many industrial ones involve applications of radiological technology.

      But utility scale nuclear fusion power reactors and fission and fusion weapons applications represent the tragic excesses of 20th Century physics and physicists. I don't judge them. They were crazy times. Hell, there were Nazi's, real ones! And belligerent Russians and ungrateful Chinese. So, mistakes were made.

      But it's the 21st Century, now. It;s time to learn from those mistakes and move on, The power plants and the weapons have to go. The business of the 21st Century is for mankind to stuff these genies back in their bottles.

      "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." John Kenneth Galbraith

      by LeftOfYou on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 11:18:47 AM PST

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      •  Rickover's Navy (3+ / 0-)
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        may do relatively well on the operational applications end (debatable, as I'm sure the 228 crewmen on the Thresher and Scorpion might argue if they weren't long dead), but the overall score isn't any better for the Navy than it is for any other governmental application of this technology [See my diary of Jan. 1: Nuclear Sailors Then And Now - Exposed & Abandoned].

        You can also Google Hanford, Rocky Flats, Oak Ridge and any number of other keywords to learn about nuclear oopses that are still exposing people to this very day and as far into the future as anyone can foresee.

        •  i commented on that Diary. (1+ / 0-)
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          It is too true that the Navy has shown too little regard for the radiological health of sailors.

          "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." John Kenneth Galbraith

          by LeftOfYou on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 06:04:34 PM PST

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