12 nuclear plants on the chopping block
These aging reactors are most at risk of an early demise as the nuclear power industry struggles to compete in America's new energy landscape.
Coal is too dirty, Nuclear is too scary, Gas causes too much pollution, Hydro harms the fish, wind kills the birds, solar takes too much space and is ugly, etc....
Confused bystander: "Where will we get our energy from"
Environmentalist: "An electrical outlet"
While I agree these specific reactors need to be shut down because they are past their service life, and are using an old and outdated designs, one that can be risky and creates nasty waste, the fact of the matter is we need nuclear and if we could get the powers to be to get their heads out of their you know whats, we could have the energy problem and a good part of the air pollution problem solved.
There are new and developing technologies in the nuclear field that we should be all over. Specifically Gen 4 reactors that run on abundant and cheap Thorium, can burn up the waste we have now, produce a very small amount of waste that is only dangerous for a few hundred years vs thousands, have passive safety systems that don't require water cooling or secondary power, are scalable, and do not readily produce weapons grade materials. Just to name a few advantages.
The technology is there and only needs a little refinement. Time to stop being ignorant and listening to special interests or letting non sense red tape bog us down. We need to use the technology that we have at our disposal. Gen 4 nuclear would be an amazing leap forward for us.
Our future is one that should be comprised of Gen 4 nuclear reactors making up the vast majority of base load power and then supplemented by point of use power from renewables; mainly solar and wind as a secondary measure. All on smart grid systems combining the best parts of centralized and decentralized power generation. This topped with ever improving energy efficiency.
I think its time
One spoke at a local college and by the end of his talk over half the students had walked out.
Go figure when he says that we need to let the old and infirm die and that the population needs to be cut in half in the next 50 years!
Knock nuclear power all you want but right now it's still the most environmentally friendly method we have that produces great quantities of power. Yes a few plants have had radiation leaks but when you factor in the vast amount of plants out there that have operated for decades without incident then we actually have a very solid safety record. Solar and wind still do pretty well and hydro does great but it's not applicable everywhere like a nuclear plant is since some areas aren't as windy or have clear sky's or have a river system/reservoir to use for hydro electric production. NO you just can't pipe that energy across the country either as it takes more and more energy to get that power to go vast distances to provide electricity.
Do we need to constantly update and refine the processes at nuclear plants? Yes, we should never become complacent with it and always be on the look out for problems and do our best to foresee what could possibly happen in the future to prevent disaster.
It is like they just don't care how stupid they look. No pride in their jobs anymore.
I'm not an English major, but come on!!! Pay attention to what you write and proof it
before you just throw it out there!
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