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Sirveri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-16-09 01:28 AM
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14. you don't need to store for tens of thousands of years.
Nuclides of concern have half lifes in the 30-35 year range yielding a storage period of 150-350 years. Also the DoE already is in agreement to construct a waste repository to handle the current and projected future load of commercially generated HLW (High level waste). With worldwide oil resource stocks reaching max production potential and natural gas in the US having gone past peak, conventional established baseload generation capabilities are reduced to two realistic choices. Coal and Nuclear. All others are unproven as baseload generation units. While I support research into alternative methods of electrical generation this country will require a stop gap measure to bridge the gap that petroleum products will leave. In addition there is no signifigant production capacity to cater to a widespread deployment of wind and solar options. Finally due to industry lobbyists the choices will once again boil down to coal versus nuclear.

For me the choice is nuclear due to global warming and mountain top removal. For others it is a shit sandwich.
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