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  •  We should try to emulate countries like France (9+ / 0-)

    and Japan which produce a large percentage of their electricity needs via nuclear power. They save impressive safety records while doing so.

    God has no religion. - Gandhi

    by OIL GUY on Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 01:21:18 PM PST

    •  One reason for that is that gov't designs and... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...runs nuclear power plants in France.  In France, the plants are all owned by the gov't, and they're a standardized design.  Literally, you can go to any nuclear plant in France, and go to another on the opposite side of the country, and they'll be identical.  In fact, when the French build plants overseas for client states, the plants they build are copies of their own standardized designs.  

      The benefit of this is that since everything is exactly the same, not only the parts, but the expertise to run them are interchangeable.  

      Also, when ever a flaw is discovered in a system, all you have to do is engineer one fix, which you can then apply at every reactor using the same parts and techniques.

      This is much better in my opinion than our system -- a mishmash of reactors which all pretty much started out as a government (DOE) design, but all of the other aspects of the plant are privatized.  So because the private companies that run reactors are allowed a lot more leeway to run them as they want, there is no standardization of the systems.    

    •  Japan (0+ / 0-)

      Is definitely more advanced in terms of energy production and efficiency. We could learn from them. Look at the fuel efficiency of their cars as an example. I'm not talking about Japanese cars made for Americans, I'm talking about Japanese cars made for use in Japan. The difference in efficiency is astounding.

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