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Robert Ariail

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    interesting that so many in the faction for more nuclear power, well in the U.S., are the ones panicked about this in Japan.


    Technology CAN do better with nuclear, and we do NOT need extensive new mining operations for uranium, but “market pressure” by the energy industry is far more powerful than considering safer, less costly, alternatives in development.

  2. Kylop

    Kylop said, 7 months ago

    “on second thought…”

    Really? You just up and go to every Olympics?

  3. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, 7 months ago

    @dtroutma

    I consider fission based nuclear inherently unsafe, if only for the waste that has to be stored safely for up to a million years (as by German TÜV regulations for finding a suitable place).

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    I’d much, much rather have fusion. Yes, parts of the plant become radioactive over time, but you only have to store them for 50 years after swapping out. There is no chance of a runaway reaction, the process is so fragile that it shuts itself down if the slightest thing happens (which is why it’s so hard to achieve in the first place).

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    But, alas, the biggest experiment (ITER) has gone to committee and that is where project go to die. Seven nations fiddle on this thing and don’t get ahead. Maybe Germany should go it’s own way with the Wendelstein 7-X, very promising design. Then again the money for that somehow got lost in Greece and Cyprus. Sigh…

  4. Stipple

    Stipple said, 7 months ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    The USA has facilities to pursue fusion, but the funding is put into military hardware and blown up in foreign countries.
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    Better it was just burned.

  5. cjr53

    cjr53 said, 7 months ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    Wasn’t Greece pay-as-you go until recently, when convinced to buy more on credit? Did they not take to buying more than they can afford? Just like many new credit card holders?

  6. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, 7 months ago

    It’s a dangerous world out there, my fellow Americans. Better stay home, watch Fox ‘News’ and listen to the rampant Limbaugh. I mean what more of the world could possibly be of interest?

  7. swr

    swr said, 7 months ago

    @dtroutma

    was there a tread to all that?
    we do have lots better tech already and it’s not the energy industry, hint business want to sell the most they can while paying the least they can just like the rest of the world.
    the problem is the NIMBY’s and Greens who block and tie it up for years in court.
    Just think, for 100B of the 1 Trillion stimulus(that wasn’t) we could have 100 nuke plants about to come on line.

  8. swr

    swr said, 7 months ago

    @ahab

    that would be a first.

  9. swr

    swr said, 7 months ago

    @MortyForTyrant

    If peanut Jimmy hadn’t gone all holyer then thou on reprocessing spent rods we would have much less to store and if we could store them in Yucca Mountain No problem.
    as to fusion, that is closer then solar but still not ready for prime time.
    as to run away reaction that’s happened once in a design only one nation on earth used. it’s a non issue, jane fonda not withstanding.

  10. swr

    swr said, 7 months ago

    @Stipple

    I’ll see your military hardware and raise you medicare, Medicaid, and social security, and throw in food aid to boot . you want to know where the vast majority of federal dollars go that’s it.

  11. swr

    swr said, 7 months ago

    @cjr53

    a European country pay as you go HHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.
    buddy have I got a deal on a bridge for you.

  12. swr

    swr said, 7 months ago

    @wmconelly

    really, i’ll match my world event and history knowledge against your any day alfpha.

  13. lonecat

    lonecat said, 7 months ago

    @swr

    Solar is here today, on roofs all over my neighborhood. The big Loblaws grocery store at Dupont and Christie just put solar panels all over its roof. Nobody I know is planning to install fusion generators anytime soon.

  14. lonecat

    lonecat said, 7 months ago

    @Debt Free

    What?

  15. Fairportfan2

    Fairportfan2 GoComics PRO Member said, 7 months ago

    @swr

    If peanut Jimmy hadn’t gone all holyer then thou on reprocessing spent rods we would have much less to store and if we could store them in Yucca Mountain No problem.

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    Jimmy Carter (who is a nuclear engineer – are you?) ordered fast-breeders closed down.
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    Fast-breeders can not only melt down, they can (unlike other designs) explode.
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    As to your statement that
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    as to run away reaction that’s happened once in a design only one nation on earth used

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    Do you suffer from memory loss, or perhaps you never heard of a place called Three Mile Island?

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