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I agree that disasters need to be planed for. The NRC and the industry are working hard to make sure they do not loose another multi-billion dollar investment. I do think that Nuclear power should be held to the same standard as other fuel sources. Not a higher unique standard. That is to say, if it will kill you let's regulate it the same way. Currently deaths from Nuclear power are the lowest of any industry.
The main cost of a Nuclear Power plant is in the N-Stamp procedure. This is a set of rules put on manufacturers who are required to document every step of the manufacture of a part. "I picked up the part from the belt." Check. "I turned the part over and looked for scratch marks..." check. The worker has to stop and write documentation for every action. This obscure and extremely difficult procedure means almost NO competition for parts. This is a crazy way to ensure reliability. It would be much better to have extensive testing of the part after manufacture and only certify the best of the manufactured goods.
We have not forgotten Fukushima - how can anyone forget? But tell me? What is the current death toll? Here is a good technical site on the ongoing news about Fukushima from an experts perspective. http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html
Since the oceans contain billions of tons of recoverable uranium, I would say that natural gas will run out much more quickly. Thorium is also usable as a nuclear fuel and there is three to four times as much thorium as uranium. The amazing thing is that using heat (nuclear), carbon (CO2, Coal), hydrogen (water) and chemistry we can manufacture natural gas (methane) as well as diesel and gasoline.
Agreed, and even worse, the definition of "safety" is "no radiation released" with the implication that ANY radiation release is dangerous. The fact of the matter is that we live in a radioactive world. http://radiationandreason.com/
If we put all the "waste" we currently have on a football field it would be about 6 foot high across the field. (That is without shielding). Plutonium is a wonderful fuel and is best destroyed by burning in in a Nuclear reactor.
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Facts and Factions

Think Freely Wrote: Mar 19, 2014 5:04 PM
Yes Dr. Sowell!
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My Problem With the Republican Party

Think Freely Wrote: Mar 10, 2014 8:34 PM
If you aren't a democrat don't talk about democrats… We have a two party system. I like that much much better than a multiparty system. I have lived in countries where the president was elected with 20% of the vote. This means that 80% of the people voted for someone else. That is a horrible result.
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My Problem With the Republican Party

Think Freely Wrote: Mar 10, 2014 8:31 PM
The main goal should be to draw into the election the vast majority of people who do not currently vote because they have lost faith that their vote will actually change anything. The success of the tea party in 2010 was Precisely because NEW voters came into the roles for the very first time. We need candidates who appeal to those voters - the currently unlikely voters. This is why the current republican party does not like the tea party. It upsets their current power base by bringing in people known to disagree with them. The primaries are still the place to run the election. The key is how to use new tools to reach these non-voting people. I know many of these personally. They want a candidate they can truly trust. At the same time, I would rather vote for someone who agrees with me 80%. But I remember clearly the congressman (democrat in 1994) from Oklahoma who would talk conservative at home and then vote radically liberal in the congress. He lost to Tom Colburn who spent 6000 dollars on his own campaign.
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Who is Richard Greenleaf?

Think Freely Wrote: Mar 10, 2014 12:28 PM
Well, Mike's column is the third hit, way to go!
I see, so this means that she understands that what she did was illegal and explains why she is pleading the 5th.
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