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Posted by Eeyore on April 4, 2009, 11:12 pm

William Wixon wrote:


If nuclear was so expensive, why would Britain buy it from France ?


Posted by vaughn on April 4, 2009, 11:43 pm

     Being pro-nuke is NOT to be anti-alternative energy!  At least in my
case, it is anti-fossil energy in general and anti-coal in particular.   I
am all for alternative energy, and even more for energy conservation.
Unfortunately, there is not enough of either to satisfy the needs/wants of
the earth's population.  After we have used alternative energy and
conservation to the max, nuclear is the one remaining alternative that
spares our atmosphere.

     The "500# Gorilla" that the greens are finally starting to notice is
that the world has been building coal plants rather than nuclear plants, and
doing so at an accelerating pace. These plants spew tons of poisons into the
air that will be with us for generations, and cause climate change that will
be with us forever.  The result of this folly will be seen by history as a
massive ecological and climate disaster


Posted by Bill Carter on April 5, 2009, 3:57 am
 vaughn wrote:

I think that's a reasonable position, though I don't entirely agree.

I have to agree with that also and I felt the same way a few months ago, but
as I have looked more closely at the viability of nuclear I think there are
just too many factors working against it for me to personally support nuclear
power plants as playing a really significant role as the ultimate solution.
Its infinitely better than coal, no argument there. I wouldn't shut anything
down. The truly renewable sources such as wind, solar, and maybe tidal seem
like better investments for us, much less downside.

Posted by Eeyore on April 5, 2009, 10:21 pm

Bill Carter wrote:

Wind and solar are tiddly.

Even the proposed Bristol Channel Barrage, the largest you could build in the UK
would at best supply 10% of current electricity needs.


Posted by Eeyore on April 5, 2009, 10:16 pm

vaughn wrote:

Hurrah ! Why do some people have to reduce comparisons to absurd levels ?


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