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  •  Well if anything has been proven (10+ / 0-)

    it is that when something goes wrong with these designs, things can go badly out of control.  So it all seems pretty safe while things are going well, if you don't consider the problem with disposal of spent fuel.  

    For example there are three nuclear power plants within 50 miles of where I live and they have been there for decades.  But when something goes wrong, I mean, look at this, look what chaos ensues with the loss of power for a few days, regardless of what caused the loss of power.  And meanwhile, these reactors are creating heat, the thing that is ultimately used to create the electricity, and yet they require external power to remain cool.  It's all bloody crazy.

    These giant creators of electricity have been defeated by the fact that they have no electricity, even though they do have heat, which is the thing that is converted into electricity.

    There are other ways to ensure that these plants would never be in such a situation, such as convection, and water towers and gravity.  But that wasn't part of the design.

    I find it to be mind blowing.

    •  Right, why are 40 yr old designs still operating? (2+ / 0-)
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      MartyM, mahakali overdrive

      They should have been replaced.

      FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

      by Roger Fox on Sun Mar 27, 2011 at 08:42:37 PM PDT

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      •  and who will pay for all of this? (1+ / 0-)
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        Tinfoil Hat

        The taxpayers of Japan.  TEPCO doesn't have enough money and would claim bankruptcy anyway.  If compensation has to be paid to all residents of the evacuation zone ... - BTW when do you think they would return - next week ? Next month? Would you live there if you have a choice? every hour, every day more radiation is emitted to the air and water around Fukushima.

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