- Sep 19, 2018
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We don't find out a bunch of stuff that happens. See: https://www.lawfaremedia.org/articl...ter-americas-worst-nuclear-submarine-disasterNuclear was hobbled badly by Pres Carter with the start of the NRC.
The amount of nuclear waste is roughly equivalent to less than half the volume of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. The waste can be recycled. https://www.energy.gov/ne/articles/5-fast-facts-about-spent-nuclear-fuel.
The problem is 3 fold IMHO. Americans are afraid of nuclear anything. The NRC makes it 2 to 3 times harder & more time & money to build a power plant. The unions over ran the the cost of the 3 plants I'm familar with built about 45 years ago & the repowering of them. My friend was an electricion on a plant build. He was only allowed to pull 1/4 of the wire he would on other jobs. After a week of doing almost nothing he started tendering for the block layers which caused a shite storm with there union. Another friend with no skill on another plant build got the lowest paying job, on the boat that took the welders out on the lake to install the cooling tubes. His only job was when the boat left the dock a guy thew the rope to him & on return my friend threw the rope back & brought home $1400 a week over 45 years ago. He too got bored so he started helping the oiler on the boat & another shite storm started. I also fly with the guys that do the rod changes every so many years, same thing milk it for every penny! My last point is anyhing for nuclear cost 20x or more than the exact item not marked. Pure Greed! Same in aviation. The exact item for a certified plane cost 2 to 4 times if used on an ultralight. Nuclear can be safe inexpensive clean power as it's come a long way since it started. We have subs on the move all the time with no issues.
Care to read this whole thing?
https://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/Publications/PDF/te_1242_prn.pdfAnd whoever made the comment about how few lives are lost in nuclear disasters wasn't being accurate and did not include those living with the effects of radiation. (Especially the number of children affected by the poisoned milk.)
There are better ways, but we want things easy. No sacrifices of our time and effort. Even if it means saving lives and the planet.