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  •  But much safer reactors do exist (1+ / 0-)
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    These are third-gen reactors that I was talking about.  But any reactor built since 1990 is significantly better designed than the Fukushima reactors.

    Look, I'm not trying to say nuclear power will ever be completely safe.  But neither is a natural gas fired power plant, or a car, or an airplane, or coal mining, or any other number of dangerous things we do every day.  The key is to anticipate failures and plan for them.

    I'm trying to be optimistic.  I'm trying to be hopeful.  Is that misplaced?  We'll certainly see within the next few days.

    •  How dangerous are solar panels? (1+ / 0-)
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      Seriously?  I realize there are some minor concerns with the manufacturing process, but it doesn't even COMPARE.

      Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

      by neroden on Tue Mar 15, 2011 at 11:26:56 PM PDT

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      •  Mining of REM's? I dunno? n/t (0+ / 0-)
      •  Solar panels can't produce enough. (0+ / 0-)

        Concentrated solar plants do better, and if solar is the answer then concentrated solar is where it's at. But for single crystal silicon solar panels, the initial energy investment required to make the solar panels makes it difficult to recover the investment.

        Industry uses a LOT of electricity.  Solar panels aren't quite there yet.

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