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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-17-06 07:36 PM
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24. I frequently hear, in response to notes on the growth of nuclear power
Edited on Fri Mar-17-06 07:42 PM by NNadir
strange remarks - desperate remarks in my opinion - that pretend that international borders are closed with respect to nuclear materials.

For instance, if I note, as is true, that new nuclear capacity is being planned, in say, Mexico, someone pipes in about Mexico's uranium reserves - as if Mexico could not import uranium, especially in note of uranium's very high energy densitiy.

Japan now burns MOX fuel using plutonium produced in Japanese reactors. The Japanese energy strategy calls for increased reliance on MOX fuels. The Japanese recognize that if they are to rely on nuclear energy for many decades - as they plan to do - they will need to maximize the energy density of the uranium they use. This involves the recovery of plutonium, and the Japanese know it.

The anti-nuclear argument consists entirely of such irrational arguments. I would think that the members of the Luddite organization Greenpeace would be well aware of Japanese nuclear policies. The members of Greenpeace burn lots of diesel fuel chasing Japanese nuclear shipments to France and back, showing once again that they do not value protecting the world from pollution if it in any way impedes their right to throw middle class and upper class tantrums.

Of course, the members of Greenpeace are mostly notable for what they can't grasp, not for what they do grasp. Not one of them seems to have grasped the magnitude of global climate change - although the Japanese apparently have done so.

World trade often consists of using plants that are not within ones own borders. I thought everybody knew that. In any case, in spite of lots of irrational predictions about the demise of the nuclear industry - it is proceeding quite nicely in Japan and elsewhere.

I repeat, Japan recycles its nuclear fuel. Some of the physical reprocessing is now done in France and Britain, but in the future much of it will be done within Japan.

A discussion of the 160 shipments of fuel materials between Japan and Europe are given here: http://www.uic.com.au/nip23.htm




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