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Sirveri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-17-09 02:29 AM
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30. EPA requirement is a smokescreen for the real reason.
The real reason they want the waste stored for that long is because after 150-350 years the stuff has become so inert that it can be easily handled. Which is bad because it still contains Pu239 which is weaponisable using a standard PUREX process. So if someone were to grab a bundle of highly aged nuclear waste they could pull the Pu239 out using their bath tub and some chemicals and then sell it or fashion a weapon.

Efficiency can not reduce our consumption needs to zero. Renewables account for less than 1% of current energy demands, this reflects the industrial base that would need to be expanded to signifigantly expand our renewable power generation infrastructure.

I'm not saying it is impossible, I actually would like to see a signifigant expansion of wind and specifically thermal solar. But we also have a government which is owned by their corporate overlords and their wonderful lobbyists. They have given us two choices, coal and nuclear. Nuclear is losing. Have fun with all those new 'clean' coal plants and flattened mountains. Look at the BS the energy secretary is spewing. I am biased towards nuclear because I've worked in the nuclear field and I understand it better than most from an operations standpoint. That doesn't mean I opposse renewable, I however am able to see the writing on the wall. Everything I see says renewables might grow to about 2% while coal takes over the majority of the slack from the closure of oil fired plants.
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