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AtheistCrusader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-30-09 09:58 AM
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19. And photovoltaics are made from completely clean unicorn farts.
Still need mining, and some rather unpleasant chemicals. For wind power, again, mining, advanced materials manufacturing, then there's the 'not on my skyline' people like Ted Kennedy (my one gripe with the man), and the, I feel, demonstrated impact to bird life.

There is no completely 'clean' power source. Even the hydroelectric power that is running my computer right now, came at a cost of habitat, and is still impacting Salmon runs.

Everything's a tradeoff. Nuclear is available 24x7, where you have to build far beyond daytime capacity to store solar for the nighttime... etc.

Right now, if it's not producing tons of CO2, it's ok in my book, and that puts nuclear power on the table, at least until we don't need it anymore. I think the US is behind the curve in breeder reactors and other technologies that let us burn as fuel, the waste from the 70's. But that's another discussion I guess.

I'm upwind from my state's active reactors, but I'd be pefectly happy living downwind. Never been a major problem.
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