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Robert Ariail

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year 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. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Dtroutma is right as usual! http://www.rmi.org/Electricity

  3. Kylop

    Kylop said, over 1 year ago

    “on second thought…”

    Really? You just up and go to every Olympics?

  4. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, over 1 year 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…

  5. Stipple

    Stipple said, over 1 year 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.

  6. cjr53

    cjr53 said, over 1 year 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?

  7. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2013/09/08/why-the-u-s-military-is-enamored-of-electric-vehicles/

  8. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, over 1 year 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?

  9. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @wmconelly

    rabid?

  10. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 1 year 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.

  11. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 1 year ago

    @Debt Free

    What?

  12. Fairportfan2

    Fairportfan2 said, over 1 year 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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