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Beyond Fossil FOOLS, the value of going nuclear

Posted by pwl on March 18, 2009

Fossil Fuels Kill 50,000 per year in the USA, and 2 million per year around the world.

The only energy source that will support a planet with six to nine billion people is nuclear.

If we just recycle the nuclear waste [and use it as fuel in Fast Neutron Reactors] that we are going to throw away in Yucca Mountain we probably won’t have to mine new material for 300 to 500 years!

This technology solves the nuclear waste problem!!!” and that is good environmental stewardship.

The Nuclear Industry has actually been the safest industry by far! While Nuclear Energy can kill people Fossil Fuels DO KILL PEOPLE [EVERY DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY].

“What about Three Mile Island? Not one person died at Three Mile Island. It was the worst possible accident with a core melt down BUT everything worked, all the safety precautions worked. Not one person died at Three Mile Island! Yes, Really not one! How many miners die each year mining fossil fuels? Many!

There are over 400 nuclear reactors around the world today so it’s already with us. New reactors built in the future will be safer.

Fast Neutron Reactors rule the GREEN ENERGY landscape in many application scenarios for large scale reliable power generation. READ THIS DOCUMENT:

Fast-neutron reactors could extract much more energy from recycled nuclear fuel, minimize the risks of weapons proliferation and markedly reduce the time nuclear waste must be isolated.” – Smarter Use of Nuclear Waste (pdf), Scientific American, December 2005.

To the NYTimes Editor:

Your support and discussion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s radiation standard for the Yucca Mountain spent nuclear fuel repository in Nevada is a breath of fresh air in a highly politicized and often confused debate. One point missing, however, is that the original requirement for a 10,000-year isolation time is a result of the outdated policy decision, made during the Carter administration, to not recycle spent nuclear fuel.

As two of my colleagues and I have pointed out in our article ”Smarter Use of Nuclear Waste” (pdf) in the December issue of Scientific American, if the spent fuel is recycled, the required isolation time for the true waste is reduced to less than 500 years. In addition, one is able to obtain more than 99 percent of the energy in the original uranium ore compared with less than 1 percent with the current wasteful once-through cycle.

Modern recycling of spent nuclear fuel makes nuclear power sustainable and essentially inexhaustible, minimizes the risks of nuclear weapons proliferation and operates without contributing to climate change.

Gerald E. Marsh
Chicago, Nov. 25, 2005
The writer is a physicist.

Beyond Fossil Fools
book overview (pdf).

Clean, renewable, eternal energy is at hand. The energy — produced by the wind, the sun, biofuels, and nuclear power — is available, completely affordable, and fully attainable within 30 years. With this message, vision, rallying cry, and call to action, this book radiates hope, optimism, and courage. This book is a blueprint for a cleaner, safer, more peaceful, and more prosperous future.

That’s the plan. Vigorously promote wind power and solar energy so that by 2040 each contributes at least 10 percent of total U.S. electrical needs. Each would then produce more electrical energy than the total consumed in Italy. Get the remaining from hydro, bio-mass and nuclear.

The United States can achieve these goals by 2040 if a diligent, committed U.S. public crafts the political will. But time is running out. The world must commit time and resources now to develop and deploy the alternative energy sources and related infrastructures we know we will need within our lifetimes. The U.S. public and the world at large, especially elected officials, need broader and deeper learning about energy issues. A perfect storm is brewing.

This book is arranged into three main sections: problems, solutions, and the necessary transitions.

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