“Fantasy is seldom impressive. Denial of reality to suit greed is a flaw in character. One could easily state that the right to safe water is a right, but to poison others in the pursuit of profits cannot be a "right".”
“Jaws and Jurassic Park, Terminator, have been rerun so many times on cable that I could not be surprised by any scene. That is what one gets for the big money, constant repeats. I canceled and then joined Netflix several years ago and wonder why I did not do it sooner.”
“And they are right back in the corrupt mess they were before.”
Atoms4Peace1 on Dec 5, 2012 at 21:03:45
“If Milt Shaw would have listened to Alvin Weinberg, all commercial plants would be LFTR and IFR. The military can have the LWRs. Yet the LWR has come along way since Gen 1. Its now a fact that many opponents of nuclear energy can not distinguish between Gen 1, Gen 2, Gen 3, and now Gen 4 paradigms. ”
Atoms4Peace1 on Dec 5, 2012 at 20:57:17
“airline, medical, legal, chemical process, food process, biotech, any big business and industry will have the same issues. You cant focus the problem on nuclear when its the government that is the issue. Look at Obamacare. Nuclear dwarfs that. I think your priorities are mixed up. ”
“Let's consider all the carbon pollution resulting from the supply chain that it takes to get ore of 3% uranium content dug out of the rock, sorted, ground, isolated , enriched, and turned into fuel rods, to eventually achieve the fuel that has the power you describe. Life cycle analysis of nuclear energy system”
Michael Mann on Dec 5, 2012 at 20:39:34
“Yes, let's consider all that and it still produces millions times more energy than it takes to manufacture the fuel... and if it was done using the power from a nuclear reactor it would produce no greenhouse gasses, instead of now where the lifecycle is about equivalent to wind or solar (if you don't count the back-up power which the intermittent nature of those require)”
“ People think they can show up as political appointees and throw their credentials around then prop themselves up as experts. The nuclear industry demands proper training and the former NRC and current chair dont have that pedigree with regard to safety issues. They might be geologists or physicists but it doesnt mean they understand one iota about nuclear safety or the level of effort necessary to ensure it in its current form.
Those of us that are working for advanced technology with passive and inherrent safety features know that the technical can be solved. The political is another issue.
At the end of the day its all about politics. Else why have "political appointees".
I think the highest regulator in the land should at least pass some bar, not a Congressional white wash and dominiae padre from the Chief Exec.
People choose to allign themselves with that information that validates their belief structure and ideology, and not on the merits of technical knowledge. ”
“Nuclear power is already too expensive, now you want to import fuel from the moon? Go back to watching Star Trek. I am constantly amazed at the people that work as nuclear cheerleaders. Do they recruit you guys from the back of comic books?”
“Another reason why it makes no sense to build new reactors when we should be building the energy sources that we actually want and need, without fuel concerns. They talk about the price of energy today, but the lifetime of use continues for decades and the cost of operation is most important. Even with only the cost of construction, wind and solar, geothermal, hydro, all cost less than new nuclear power. Levilized costs of Levy nuclear and others
“It makes no sense to ask a question based on false assumptions. Unlimited energy without pollution is not possible from nuclear power. Mining alone is a huge hazard, waste disposal would not be solved by thorium reactors. Renewable energy is the answer.”
“I conduct risk assessments professionally and these references are bogus.”
Atoms4Peace1 on Dec 6, 2012 at 00:18:06
“Apothos has the potential energy content of a 5000 Megaton bomb.
There is a 1/45,000 chance that Apothos will interact with the Earth in 2039.
I dont believe Gundersen or Wing are credible. They have their antinuclear constituency, however they are not winning the hearts and minds of the general populace.
Just because Gundersen was a nuclear engineer (and I say "was" because as soon as he crossed, he no longer is interested in nuclear safety or engineering safety solutions - he is interested only in a scorched earth policy to the technology that cast him aside". He voted with his feet.
Wing's bias is very well documented. He is not a credible contributor to ICRP or HPS publications and finds solice with the Busby and Caldicott and EPRR crowd.
The PSR is not a credible nuclear expertise either. When physicians castigate nuclear power, yet advocate CT scans for children, then I have to take pause.
Doctors are supposed to have ethics, not ulterior motives. They even lobbied to get the word "nuclear" out of NMR - changing it to MRI so people can be more comfortable paying them for the procedure.
Jtt on Dec 5, 2012 at 18:50:22
“And the names of the publishing scientists in radiation health that endorsed the study? The peer reviewed citations ??
BUNK.. If you are going to make predictions extending doses below background you are going to have to account for the lack of cancers in areas with similar/higher background. Do the math.”
“Mr Zeller often writes nonsense and embellishes where uncertainty and ambiguity are present. I have read many of his pieces here and frankly, he just isnt worth the $400,000 Huff Po is paying him.”
Jtt on Dec 5, 2012 at 21:46:48
“The EIA ? Are you kidding? that’s the gold standard in energy reference. Solar makes up around ONE TENTH OF ONE PERCENT OF US POWER GENERATION. Wind may be 3 or 4 percent, but we dont know how much is wasted.
Renewables cant even effectively keep up with growth in energy markets.”
“This is a bit more complicated than you make it out to be and as someone who lives in NC I can explain. When the companies merged the boards told regulators that they would keep Johnson (Progresses CEO) and then forced him out right after the merger. He didn't want to leave but was voted out. Then the board put forward on Duke's CEO to run the merged company. The regulators felt lied to and I think an investigation just lead him to be forced to resign. Johnson's payout was part of the deal to get him to resign as the board manipulated Johnson and the regulators.”
Atoms4Peace1 on Dec 5, 2012 at 21:57:53
“Not even in the top 10. You realize you are making a straw man. CEO pay is up in a disproportionate way across the board.
“Raced with corruption and outnumbered by industry shills, he admitted failure and resigned. An intelligent person can recognize when efforts are futile.”
Atoms4Peace1 on Dec 5, 2012 at 15:08:20
“He didnt have to walk away. It was his choice and his backers had the power to keep him there. I think at the end of the day, committing seppuku for the sake of martyrdom just doesnt wash.
The moral of that story is that everyone is accountable and people are humans and humans arent perfect.
I was working in nuclear energy when he was in grade school. ”
“Distractions about coal are irrelevant. France has sent nuclear waste to many countries and contaminated much of it's own, like all who use nuclear power. Now we know better. Nuclear power is a failure in safety, economy, and even in electricity production, as renewable energy does the job for less money with far less harm.”
“The capacity to do irreversible genetic damage to the entire biosphere certainly does matter.”
PoloniumMan on Dec 5, 2012 at 12:52:54
“Perhaps, but nuclear power doesn't have that capacity. Integrate all the radioactive decays from NORM that have occurred in every living creature since the first bit of slime started swimming across puddles and then compare to what is available from nuclear fission plants and it becomes intuitively obvious that this notion of irreversible genetic damage to the entire biosphere is pure bunk.”