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OKIsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-11-10 12:32 PM
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6. "The term clean coal is simply dishonest."
Yes, it gives a false impression, through over-simplification.

Of course, this is also true of the way "Nuclear Power" is presented:

But to create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. And that means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country. (Applause.) It means making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development. (Applause.) It means continued investment in advanced biofuels and clean coal technologies. (Applause.) And, yes, it means passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America. (Applause.)


Fans of nuclear power are wont to point out that a relatively small mass of fuel is used, producing a relatively small amount of waste, compared to coal.

Uranium (like coal) is mined. Unlike coal (however) uranium is generally found in very low concentrations, so to recover those small amounts of fuel, very high volumes of ore must be mined, and similar mining methods are used, and the mined ore must be processed, resulting in large amounts of waste/tailings. /

"Nuclear Power" is not as dirty as some of its opponents suggest, but to call it "clean" is well... "simply dishonest." High-level waste is only one of the many problems nuclear power has.

Don't get me wrong. In my opinion, the sooner we stop burning coal, the better. However, I'm not crazy about burning uranium either.
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