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Electricity production costs drop to the lowest point in the industry's history.

You won't hear this on CNN, but the U.S. nuclear power industry set a record last year.  Despite rising costs of fuel and regulation, the average production cost of electricity dropped to an astounding 1.66 cents per kilowatt-hour.  This is a figure well below the cost of coal-generated electricity, and a tiny fraction of the cost of solar or wind power.  Furthermore,  nuclear plants generated 36% more electricty than they did 15 years ago, without a single new plant being built.  The industry just keeps getting better and better.

Nuclear power is a true clean, green energy source, with zero CO2 emissions, and less environmental impact than solar or wind.  Those sources of energy are extremely diffuse--which means they must be collected and concentrated.  A 1,000 MW solar plant requires 2 million tons of concrete, 600,000 tons of steel, 75,000 tons of glass, 35,000 tons of aluminum, and a whole host of rare and exotic elements.   This is several hundred times the materials needed by a nuclear plant the same size.  And the nuclear plant will have much higher availability and require much less maintenance.  Most telling of all is the costs which, for solar power, currently average a painful 28.6 cents per kW-hour.

Other nations are wiser here than the US.  France  generates 76% of its power from nuclear, South Korea has several new plants on order, and Finland is building a new one, specifically to meet its commitment to the Kyoto Protocol.

Expanding the US nuclear power industry would allow the US to dramatically reduce carbon emissions ... and to save money while doing so.  And it's a solution available today, without the need for years of additional research and development.  Its high time we pulled our heads out of the sand, and started using it to its full potential.



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RE: No argument here.
By ElJefe69 on 2/28/2007 11:29:27 PM , Rating: 0
depleted uranium is responsible for thousands of civillian cancer based diseases.

shitheads fire it from their multimillion dollar tanks and forget that/dont care rather, that they are poisoning the third world with spent rounds. But, dailytech is full of pro-whatever-is-a-big-penis-solution, so I doubt anyone would know about this occurence.

Also, nuclear reactors have decimated lakes and waterways, changing the biogrowth to all disgusting/unhealthy forms of bacteria and choking out fish and aquatic plants. yay. I wonder what shithead was paid off for this article. The heat from reactors is not retained for future use, the excess is let off into natural bodies of water. thats a lot of freakin heat.

Solar is LESS green? um? yeah ok. wind? oh yeah, that has huge environmental impacts, yeah that wind, damn, cant stand it. talk about concrete, ever see a nuclear reactor?

um, ever see... chernobyl? oo, lota concrete there. But no, thats just some stupid non-USA country who was using old tech that fugged up.... actually, it was higher tech that lead to that meltdown, it was actually state of the art for its time. Engineers on hand were not in full understanding of the new process and fugged it up bad. apparently.

yeah that shit's great for the environment!


RE: No argument here.
By Beh on 3/1/2007 12:36:20 AM , Rating: 2
you need help


RE: No argument here.
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 3/1/2007 2:14:43 PM , Rating: 4
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depleted uranium is responsible for thousands of civillian cancer based diseases.

Depleted Uranium does not cause thousands of civilian cancer based diseases. That has been screamed for years and without a shred of evidence to support it. If anything I would think the tank crews would be growing 3rd eyeballs given how much exposure they have to the shells. So no, that point is false.

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shitheads fire it from their multimillion dollar tanks and forget that/dont care rather, that they are poisoning the third world with spent rounds. But, dailytech is full of pro-whatever-is-a-big-penis-solution, so I doubt anyone would know about this occurence.

This paragraph is just FUD and anger, you have no evidence to support your rant.

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Also, nuclear reactors have decimated lakes and waterways, changing the biogrowth to all disgusting/unhealthy forms of bacteria and choking out fish and aquatic plants. yay. I wonder what shithead was paid off for this article. The heat from reactors is not retained for future use, the excess is let off into natural bodies of water. thats a lot of freakin heat.

This one is at least partially correct. Older reactors required the water to be cycled out and into a local lake and the boiling temperature water would kill plant and aquatic life. Newer technology and upgrades to older reactors have minimized this, using closed loop systems, the water is recycled without pushing it out to lakes anymore. So, not an issue, your facts are slightly outdated.

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Solar is LESS green? um? yeah ok. wind? oh yeah, that has huge environmental impacts, yeah that wind, damn, cant stand it. talk about concrete, ever see a nuclear reactor?

Solar is less green because of the amount of energy and resources that must be spent to produce a large enough field and array to harvest any speakable quantity of energy from the sun.


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