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  •  Life cycle of nuclear power is cleaner than solar (0+ / 0-)

    Solar power waste contains toxic heavy metals that, unlike radioactive waste, never decay. And to produce the panels requires toxic gases. Read about it here.

    I am in favor of solar power, limited though it is, but its life cycle emits more greenhouse gases than nuclear power does.  Decommissioned panels by volume will take up far more space than spent nuclear fuel if solar expands.  If a person got all his electricity for his lifetime from nuclear power, his share of the waste would come to two pounds, which could fit in a big coffee mug--since uranium is very dense.

    Nuclear plants do not present a toxic environment.  They are cleaner than any other industrial site you will find, in particular chemical factories, coal-fired plants, and oil refineries.  By law nuclear plants have to be constantly monitoring the water and soil.  I doubt that is true for a wind-turbine factory or a solar-panel factory.

    The IPCC predicts average global temperatures to rise enough by 2050 to put 20-30% of all species at risk for extinction.

    by Plan9 on Fri Jun 22, 2007 at 06:13:08 AM PDT

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