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Feb 27, 2007


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I am a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, probably more left than most, but I have never understood liberals' knee-jerk negative reaction to nuclear power. It is really the best solution to the energy crisis. With enough resources dedicated to it, the technology can be found to make it safe and to deal with the waste issues. This is something liberals really need to learn to accept.

Dave Dobson

It's certainly an interesting option; greenhouse-gas-free, based on resources we actually still have in country to some extent (and the other big sources are not all in politically unstable areas).

I'm less optimistic that the waste issue can be resolved in a satisfactory way. Yucca Mountain seemed like about the best we can do, but that's fizzled. If we can't put it there, where can we put it? Right now, that answer is usually temporary holding areas on the sites of reactors - not a safe and secure solution.

Also, nuclear fission power, like fossil fuels, is non-renewable. There's a limited quantity of radioactive compounds out there that's economically recoverable, so we'd just be putting off a shift to sustainable energy sources. Seems to me like it would be better to do that now, maybe facilitating the shift with nuclear for a while.

Fec Stench

God blessed us with a nearly miraculous energy source and we have been to date, too hysterical to use it.


Fec, you're not one of these guys, are you?

Fec Stench

Beware the beast, man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him!Send him to his jungle home. For he is the harbinger of death.

Fec Stench

Oh no, wait.

James Aach

Your readers might find this book on nuclear energy, endorsed by Stewart Brand, to be of interest. "Rad Decision" is a novel on the topic, written by a longtime nuclear worker (me). There's no cost to online readers of "Rad Decision".

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