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  •  Do Some Research On The Breeder Reactor (0+ / 0-)

    It has way less problems than the conventional reactors currently used domestically.  Cancelled by guess who?  Jimmy Carter.

    Respect everyone, fear no one

    by sigsauerdude on Thu Jun 03, 2010 at 06:07:34 PM PDT

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    •  then do some research on "radwaste disposal" (0+ / 0-)

      For extra credit, do some research on "nuclear industry insurance subsidies". And if you REALLY want to be horrified, do some research on "effects of uranium mining".

      Breeders presented the specific problem that they produced a plutonium fuel cycle that lent itself readily to weapons production.  That's one reason why they were cancelled.

      Nukes also had other problems that killed them back in the 70's -- the aforementioned disposal,proliferation, insurance, and mining problems being four of the most prominent.

      None of those problems has yet been solved.

      The nuke industry has promised us energy that was "too cheap to meter" for over half a century now.  It never delivered.  It still can't.

      We'd be better off to put those resources into developing workable fusion.

      •  The Too Cheap To Meter (0+ / 0-)

        was used in the mid 50's to early 60's.  I don't recall that catch phrase being used since.  And I am old dude.  Maybe you're hearing from someplace I haven't, but I seriously doubt it.

        Breeders use Thorium and Uranium, substantially reducing the amount of Uranium the must be mined. Thorium is much more plentiful than Uranium.

        Breeders create much less radioactive waste than normal reactors, and the wastes half-life is substantially shorter.

        Breeders to produce plutonium in between burn cycles, but it is consumed very quickly.

        Had we been researching them since the late 70's when Jimmy killed them, well, we would more than likely be in much better shape.

        Respect everyone, fear no one

        by sigsauerdude on Thu Jun 03, 2010 at 08:57:37 PM PDT

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        •  where'd ya plan on burying the waste? (0+ / 0-)

          And who are you planning to have pay for the insurance? Or, to put it another way, if the "impossible accident" does happen (and it inevitably always does), or even the standard toxic pollution we get with any uranium-mining operation, who gets to pick up the tab--the company or the taxpayer?

          There is a reason why all the "successful" nuclear energy programs, are state-owned and government-run.

          Which of course will never happen here.  Ever.

        •  BTW, the reason we don't hear "too cheap to meter (0+ / 0-)

          anymore is because everyone today already knows that, when you factor in ALL the costs, nuke energy is one of the most expensive ways to produce electricity.

          That's why electric companies have not been rushing to build nukes. They only care about their bottom line.  And nukes are bad for their bottom line.

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