Originally Posted by _GTech Source
I believe nuclear power was a mistake, but that's just me, and this is only ONE case that proves the real dangers in this technology, but don't color me skeptical or cynical, I'm just being realistic here...
It's true that the technology is dangerous, but it's so efficient... it produces so little waste for so much energy.... I was once told by my physics professor that a raisin's mass of nuclear matter could power San Diego for a day. Now how much coal and oil would it take to do that? Tons? Hundreds
of tons? Thousands
Originally Posted by SectorNine50
Japan's lack of a contingency plan in case of emergency in a Tsunami zone is the only problem I see with Fukushima's disaster as a whole. Their inability to get the water pumps going again is staggering.
Modern reactors are so safe it's silly. So, so many more people die mining coal and refining oil.
In fact, my father worked at ARCO after he graduated. He has stories that are so grotesque and beyond imagination I can't believe he can sleep at night.
He understandably thinks that right now, nuclear power is the only sustainable, reasonable, and clean option available. I can't help but agree.
I'm not sure about coal mining, but I'm pretty sure that ARCO is now under the control of BP, and we all know about their track record for safety
By the way, for those of you who want to talk about disasters: I'm pretty sure that fishermen in the gulf are still
fishing up the deformed aftereffects of BP's latest screwup.
Oil and coal in general seem like dead ends - we can't produce them as quickly as we consume them. With nuclear power, we actually might have a chance of keeping up with the demand for energy. Of course there are risks, but as our technology continues to improve, I believe that our chances of experiencing additional serious nuclear accidents will decrease significantly. I would think that in the field of nuclear reactor design there would be two goals for improvement: safety and efficiency. I honestly can't see what else they'd be trying to improve
Originally Posted by Mootsfox
Nuclear may have few accidents, but even one can cause enough damage that the world feels it. If there is an accident, you can cover a continent in radioactive fallout and leave a scar on the earth that will outlast humans.
I'm not against nuclear power, but I wish people would stop claiming it's the alternate energy source that is going to save us. Nuclear has (very) heavy risks and costs associated with it. Just because major issues are rare, doesn't mean that don't happen.
Also true, and you really can't argue with the possibility of ruining the earth in one quick swoop. However, to make a huge impact, you'd also need a huge disaster. With proper foresight and good regulation, we can prevent something like that from happening.Edited by Escatore - 3/28/12 at 11:47am