have gifted the U.S. with the technology we need to take our energy
future into our own hands. You could tear down every nuclear
reactor in the U.S., rebuild 10 times as many reactors as the current
number and still produce less waste on a yearly basis, by
designs such as liquid metal fast breeder reactors (LMFBRs),
pebble bed reactors, and molten salt reactors. And with
promising technologies like thorium reactors and fusion-fission
hybrid reactors on the horizon, it would certainly seem that the time
for nuclear is now.And yet America remains fearful of
nuclear, even as President Barack Obama has tried
to cajole Americans into finally embracing nuclear power
again.Most Americans don't realize it, but we already get 20
percent of our power from nuclear energy generated in the U.S.
That is truly domestic energy; true, it comes at a cost of some
waste, due largely to outdated reactor designs largely built in the
60s and 70s, but at least we are in firm control of this power
source.Most of the rest of America's power budget comes from
the fossil fuels to which America is so addicted. American cars
run on oil, a resource we have to purchase in large quantities from
volatile foreign theocracies. And in America, most of our power
comes from a power source far more dangerous to Americans than
nuclear energy -- coal.The high
price in life paid when it comes to coal was illustrated by
the Montcoal, West Virginia mining disaster that resulted in the
death of 25 Americans. This event was not a first. In
fact, nearly every decade in recent American history has been
punctuated by a mining disaster that killed 20 or more people.
Other disasters are equally common abroad.Guess how many
people have died from "hazardous" nuclear power in the
U.S.? If you guessed "not a single one" you'd be
absolutely correct. In fact, even if you are
concerned with nuclear waste, coal is a far worse fuel source than
nuclear. After all, coal
ash is very radioactive. Per energy a coal plant puts
100 times more radiation into the environment than a nuclear plant.
We've known this since 1978 when a J.P. McBride a researcher at a
national laboratory revealed this in an exhaustive
peer-reviewed study. We now know that coal ash is also
carcinogenic and, along with other coal waste products, can cause
cancer in humans. And that's on top on the chemicals that form
acid rain, and thousands of tons of carbon emissions that the plants
also pump out.Coal is horrible for the environment and quite
dangerous both directly and indirectly. So what's the
solution? Solar and wind may provides some of our nation's
needs, but these are discontinuous power sources and they remain
expensive. In other words they're worthy of research and mild
investment, but not a blind charge. Nuclear, on the other hand,
is affordable and tested.Memory is a powerful thing.
Mismanagement of nuclear power, such as the 1986 Chernobyl accident
and the close call at Three Mile Island in 1979 still remain
prominent in the minds of many. But you're at your own peril if
you ignore reality and live in the past. And the truth is today
nuclear power is not only affordable, but it's far safer than the
buried hydrocarbons that our nation is so addicted to. One can
only hope that the American public will embrace common sense and
together push our country towards a clean, safe, affordable future in
which nuclear power is the integral cornerstone.
quote: Ask any hardcore environmentalist, and they'll tell you that a few human deaths from underground mining is a bonus, not a drawback. Helps to keep world population levels down and all...
quote: If I were reincarnated, I would wish to be returned to Earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels.
quote: We advocate biodiversity for biodiversity’s sake. It may take our extinction to set things straight.
quote: To feed a starving child is to exacerbate the world population problem
quote: I suspect that eradicating smallpox was wrong. It played an important part in balancing ecosystems.
quote: We have wished, we ecofreaks, for a disaster or for a social change to come and bomb us into Stone Age, where we might live like Indians in our valley, with our localism, our appropriate technology, our gardens, our homemade religion—guilt-free at last!
quote: The study calculates that the programs creating those jobs also resulted in the destruction of nearly 110,500 jobs elsewhere in the economy, or 2.2 jobs destroyed for every “green job” created.
quote: BTW, polls have put Limbaugh as the most influential conservative in the nation:
quote: I believe most Americans are moderate whether they lean a little left or right. The problem seems to be extremists to the left and right seem to be driving politics.
quote: calling you a hypocrite for using public roads and schools, police, fire department etc.
quote: I am for the strip mining method, while still dangerous, its much safer than underground. I know its not pretty but what is more important, human life or the view? The view is scared during mining, while not optimal, can be re-planted. Whichever it is be consistent in your argument.
quote: Besides which partisan bickering and fingerpointing just gets old
quote: And yet America remains fearful of nuclear, even as President Barack Obama has tried to cajole Americans into finally embracing nuclear power again
quote: You have absolutely no idea what you're taking about. The mining companies aren't mining as much as they are leveling. Over 500 peaks have already been leveled or capped. We're not talking INSIDE the mountain, we're talking the mountain itself. Do some research. Of course, knowing you, you won't.
quote: They are equally "as bad".
quote: Any questions ?
quote: They don't "level mountains" as you claim to get it.
quote: If you scrape a foot off the top of a 5,000 ft peak, you've "capped" it.
quote: In any case, I'm not seeing a problem.
quote: It doesn't harm the environment
quote: in other countries there are no coal mines at all.
quote: Then reduce the amount of required paperwork.
quote: Maybe if the Nuclear industry (in the UK and the US) had not spent so many years hiding behind a cloak of secrecy and outright lies about every single accident that has occurred things might be different
quote: Just one note, -the death of 25 "Americans"- sound weird, as if other people are not as valuable !...
quote: Individuals are wily and unpredictable.
quote: Large lobbying groups that didn't have an economic interest aside (such as coal producers) that are also anti-nuclear have typically been liberals, and gotten their share of pork from Democrat sources.
quote: Let's be honest, here, they're stupid.
quote: But I think you're overestimating the amount of power those groups actually have.
quote: And I think they are usually against all power plants, not just anti-nuclear, so I'm not sure the characterization is completely valid.