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Say 'No' to Bad Science

Think Freely Wrote: May 06, 2014 4:23 PM
Read Jim Hansen's reply to questions from Democrats about Global Warming and Nuclear power. He blames the Democratic party for obstructing building new Nuclear power http://atomicinsights.com/climate-activists-also-realistic-solutions/ I have much more respect for Climate scientists who propose actual solutions to increasing CO2.
Look how few people think this is an important issue.
Yes the life + 70 extension is horrible and a disney protection act. I have long been concerned about the use of copyright in the Christian Worship area. It strikes me as wrong in many ways that a local church in poor countries can literally be "stealing" while worshiping because there is no way for them to pay the royalties on the songs they sing.
Yes, this is exactly the problem.
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Demonizing the Helpers

Think Freely Wrote: Apr 30, 2014 4:38 PM
I really really don't believe we are outscored by Vietnam. I have spent time teaching in Vietnam and I really don't think their students match up to ours. I don't know how those numbers were reached but I guess their best students were the only ones measured.
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Demonizing the Helpers

Think Freely Wrote: Apr 30, 2014 4:33 PM
That does look like the motivation. All dressed up with the "expertise" and "authority" of the "educated." Not that I lack education,with both a Bachlor's and Master's degree. But even with advanced degrees I could not teach in schools in the USA because I don't have the "right" education. All teachers must go through the right schools to make sure they understand how to teach the curriculum developed for them.
One more point about the "waste." The materials in the waste are extremely valuable. The left over Uranium and Plutonium can be used as fuel in a fast breeder reactor. The other materials can be used for a large number of manufacturing uses. If a private company were actually allowed to sell the useful materials this would be much more valuable than a gold mine! check out the podcast if you are technically oriented. http://atomicinsights.com/the-atomic-show-106-nnadir-discusses-ruthenium-rhodium-palladium-plus-other-valuable-nuclear-wastes/
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.
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