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The age of nuclear energy should come to an end.

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Started: 10/10/2015 Category: Science
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1. Nuclear energy is the only way to maintain the electrical system working in the status quo.
2. The threat of global warming(usually made by coal) is more higher than the threat of nuclear weapons. --> check a TED debate-
3. Renewable energy is not sufficient and cannot solve the lack of energy now.
4. Nuclear energy is efficient and can produce high amounts of energy.
5. Nuclear weapons didn't develop because of nuclear facilities and even if they do, we can make a policy to solve this


Nuclear Energy(NE) is risky. Accidents like Chernobyl and Fukushima show that nuclear energy has terrible risks. Some areas radioactive, uninhabitable land span up to 18000 square km because of NE.

NE is the source for all the most terrible weapons ever. Less destruction threats, more peace.

Electricity status quo is an unnecessary reliance. Humanity is addicted to electricity.

We can replace NE slowly. Instant removal is bad(statusquo), but long term removal don't have the same problems
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Posted by AsteroidMiner 2 years ago
Japanese laws and bureaucrats murdered 2000 people by unnecessary evacuation.

Zero people have died from fukushima radiation.
"Fear of Radiation (unnecessarily hasty evacuation and other measures) has killed 761 and radiation has killed none from Fukushima" as of August 07, 2012

573 certified deaths were due to evacuation-related stress at Fukushima. Zero due to radiation. As of February 4, 2012R32;ttp://

If anybody had died from radiation at Fukushima, the media would have told you his name over and over again. They didn"t.

Zero people have died from 3 mile island radiation.
Fewer than 100 died from Chernobyl radiation. The Chernobyl reactor was a primitive Generation One machine without a containment building. American reactors have containment buildings that can contain any accident.

We get 99.9% of our radiation from natural sources, called Natural Background Radiation. The total radiation in Fukushima is less than our Natural Background here in Illinois, USA.

A nuclear power plant can not explode like a nuclear bomb. A reactor is nothing like a bomb. I would have to tell you how to make a bomb and how to make a reactor to explain why. The reactor at Chernobyl did not explode like a nuclear bomb because that is not possible. Fewer than 100 people died from Chernobyl radiation. Those Soviet reactors were Generation One without containment buildings. Coal kills 3 Million people every year.

There is no need for any evacuation zone. The containment building is at least 39 inches thick of very good concrete with extreme steel reinforcement and it has a half inch thick steel liner. Chernobyl did not have a containment building.
Posted by AsteroidMiner 2 years ago
Nuclear is the only one that can make base load power and not make CO2. Nuclear is by far the safest, even safer than wind or solar. We must go 100% nuclear right now to avoid our own extinction.

List of papers predicting worldwide famine due to Global Warming between 2022 and 2040. We humans will probably be extinct by 2040 if we don't go 100% nuclear right now.

Study Predicts Impending Collapse Of Industrial Civilization

Scientific Model Indicates Climate Change-Induced Collapse of Civilization by 2040

Extreme weather could trigger frequent global food shocks

"Accuracy Check on Predictions of Near-Term Collapse" by Barton Paul Levenson

233 Barton Paul Levenson says:

"Food System Shock" Food prices go up 500% by 2030. Lloyd's of London insurance

"Drought Under Global Warming: a Review" by Aiguo Dai

"Preliminary Analysis of a Global Drought Time Series" by Barton Paul Levenson, not yet published, but amended to say 2028.

"Storms of my Grandchildren" by James Hansen
Posted by AsteroidMiner 2 years ago
Having worked at the army's lead lab for nuclear weapons effects, I am here to tell you that"there is no way we could ever have made ourselves extinct by means of nuclear war. We would have needed ten thousand times as many bombs as we and the Soviets had at the most to make ourselves extinct. Since the latest treaty on bombs, we don"t even have as many as we had then.

Extinction Level Event [ELE] means one hundred TRillion tons of TNT equivalent. That is one hundred million megatons. Don"t miss the middle million. It a 1 followed by 14 zeros. A tenth of a QUADrillion.

At most, we had one part in ten thousand of an ELE [Extinction Level Event]. And nuclear fall, not nuclear winter, would be unpleasant, not unsurvivable. We in America, would hardly notice a nuclear war in the Middle East. During the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, 600 [six hundred] bombs were exploded in the atmosphere and we never noticed them. Having been born in 1946, I still don"t even have cancer.
Posted by AsteroidMiner 2 years ago
Coal contains: URANIUM and all of the decay products of uranium, ARSENIC, LEAD, MERCURY, Antimony, Cobalt, Nickel, Copper, Selenium, Barium, Fluorine, Silver, Beryllium, Iron, Sulfur, Boron, Titanium, Cadmium, Magnesium, THORIUM, Calcium, Manganese, Vanadium, Chlorine, Aluminum, Chromium, Molybdenum and Zinc. There is so much of these elements in coal that cinders and coal smoke are actually valuable ores. We should be able to get ALL THE URANIUM AND THORIUM WE NEED TO FUEL NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS FOR CENTURIES BY USING COAL CINDERS AND SMOKE AS ORE. Unburned Coal and crude oil also contain BENZENE. BENZENE causes leukemia. We could get all of our uranium and thorium from coal ashes and cinders. The carbon content of coal ranges from 96% down to 25%, the remainder being rock of various kinds.
The uranium decay chain includes the radioactive gas RADON, which you are breathing. Radon decays in about a day into polonium, the super-poison.

If you have cancer, check for benzene, dioxins, vinyl chloride, etcetera in your past.
in case the ORNL site does not work.

Make coal fired power plants meet the same requirements for radiation release that nuclear power plants have to meet."They can't.

Chernobyl released as much radiation as a coal fired power plant releases EVERY 7 years and 5 months. You get 100 to 400 times as much radiation from coal as from nuclear. Natural gas can contain radon.
Posted by Blade0886 2 years ago
"2. The threat of global warming(usually made by coal) is more higher than the threat of nuclear weapons. --> check a TED debate-"

Yeaaaah, no. If anything, a nuclear war is more likely to have a much greater direct impact on the world than global warming. And as for nuclear energy, while I believe we should keep it for now, is definitely not a suitable option in the long run. Imagine you'd reverse the dates of discovery of both coal-issued energy and nuclear energy. The problem of nuclear wastes would be far worse than global warming, as if you give the same time to nuclear energy than to coal-gas-petrol, nuclear ends up doing much more harm than fossile energies in the long run.

TL;DR: While nuclear energy should be maintained for now due to its efficiency, alternate and renewable solutions should be found in order to replace it by the end of the century, hell even by 2050. Notable ideas would be marine current energy, 100% rendering photovoltaic cells, and nuclear fusion.
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