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First new U.S. nuclear reactors in decades approved - February 14th 2012, 05:26 AM

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...,3657441.story

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Re: First new U.S. nuclear reactors in decades approved - February 14th 2012, 06:18 PM

Scary o.o dunno if that's a good thing.
   
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Re: First new U.S. nuclear reactors in decades approved - February 14th 2012, 06:49 PM

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Scary o.o dunno if that's a good thing.
Everyone always freaks when they here the word Nuclear, but right now, it's just what we need to start transitioning into an infrastructure not reliant on coal and other fossil fuels.


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Re: First new U.S. nuclear reactors in decades approved - February 14th 2012, 07:03 PM

This has been in the works since nuclear power was included in Obama's green energy statements, so it is about time. Always funny to see Democrats jumping on the nuclear power bandwagon.
   
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Re: First new U.S. nuclear reactors in decades approved - February 14th 2012, 07:07 PM

Much as I still have serious reservations about the end-of-process and end-of-life aspects of nuclear reactors, I agree with Ben on this one. Nuclear power is, at present, the best means of reducing reliance on fossil fuels and starting to tackle carbon dioxide emissions (and yes, I realise nuclear power also produces CO2 via the mining process, but it's still an improvement). It may also give some impetus to properly investigating alternative, renewable sources and developing suitable infrastructure, if only to get rid of the political hot potato this is and stave off the inevitable problems when the availability of suitable-quality uranium decreases. But I digress. Anything which cuts down coal and oil dependency in a sustainable manner is a positive step in my book.

Also, I had no idea there hadn't been any more developed in the USA since 1978 - that really does surprise me.


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Re: First new U.S. nuclear reactors in decades approved - February 14th 2012, 08:28 PM

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Much as I still have serious reservations about the end-of-process and end-of-life aspects of nuclear reactors, I agree with Ben on this one. Nuclear power is, at present, the best means of reducing reliance on fossil fuels and starting to tackle carbon dioxide emissions (and yes, I realise nuclear power also produces CO2 via the mining process, but it's still an improvement). It may also give some impetus to properly investigating alternative, renewable sources and developing suitable infrastructure, if only to get rid of the political hot potato this is and stave off the inevitable problems when the availability of suitable-quality uranium decreases. But I digress. Anything which cuts down coal and oil dependency in a sustainable manner is a positive step in my book.

Also, I had no idea there hadn't been any more developed in the USA since 1978 - that really does surprise me.
Honestly, right now it'd be a good way to start getting more into Thorium reactors. Much smaller footprint, physically and ecologically, with a much larger energy output.


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Re: First new U.S. nuclear reactors in decades approved - February 14th 2012, 09:44 PM

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Honestly, right now it'd be a good way to start getting more into Thorium reactors. Much smaller footprint, physically and ecologically, with a much larger energy output.
Agreed - think some of the proposed designs are safer overall as well, if memory serves me correctly. Only problem I can think of is getting the technology developed enough to overcome the need to irradiate the fuel in the first place, but with time and research they should get there.


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Re: First new U.S. nuclear reactors in decades approved - February 15th 2012, 07:44 AM

I find that most people who go into a panic over the mention of nuclear power are idiots. They quote what happened in Japan not so long ago etc... they seem to conveniently forget that there was an earthquake at the root of the cause.


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Re: First new U.S. nuclear reactors in decades approved - February 22nd 2012, 12:24 AM

YAY NEW JOBS FOR MEEEEEEEEEEEE! (The nuclear engineering major.)


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Re: First new U.S. nuclear reactors in decades approved - February 22nd 2012, 01:20 AM

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I find that most people who go into a panic over the mention of nuclear power are idiots. They quote what happened in Japan not so long ago etc... they seem to conveniently forget that there was an earthquake at the root of the cause.
It's not fair to call them idiots. Uninformed does not equal stupid. Plus, their concerns are valid. Nuclear power can potentially be dangerous.

Japan gets earthquakes all the time and their buildings are built to withstand quakes. It was the tsunami specifically that caused the meltdown. I suppose you could blame it on the earthquake, since it caused the tsunami..... but still the earthquake alone didn't cause the meltdown.


I think this is a good thing, though.


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Re: First new U.S. nuclear reactors in decades approved - February 22nd 2012, 05:14 AM

It's unfortunate that the Fukoshima incident scared the entire world away from nuclear power (even though this debate has been raging since the 1960's). Is nuclear power perfect? No. Is it completely safe? No. But it's a hell of a lot better than coal, oil and gas. And until better sources can be fully utilized to produce power en masse, nuclear is by far the best we've got.


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Re: First new U.S. nuclear reactors in decades approved - February 22nd 2012, 08:46 AM

Damn yes, I'm glad that we're finally working on improving our energy sector.


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Re: First new U.S. nuclear reactors in decades approved - February 22nd 2012, 10:35 AM

Now put a mini nuclear reactor in my car. Gas is so damn expensive, and only getting more expensive as the days go by. Headed to LA this weekend, gonna cost an arm and a leg for two tanks of gas.
   
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Re: First new U.S. nuclear reactors in decades approved - February 23rd 2012, 03:35 AM

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It's not fair to call them idiots. Uninformed does not equal stupid. Plus, their concerns are valid. Nuclear power can potentially be dangerous.
Not uninformed. Informed the wrong way and buying into rubbish.

And anything can be dangerous. I might choke on my food today, I might get ran over by a car. Should we all stop eating and driving?

lol no offence though.


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