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Another Blogger For Nuclear Energy

Add Robert Synnott to the growing list:
Nuclear is the way to go. Moderately clean, moderately cheap, and nowadays very safe; far more people die from the effects of a large coal power plant over its lifetime than died as a direct or indirect result of the Tchernobyl explosion . . . France is an ideal case study of good implimentation; 70% of its power is nuclear, and its never had a significant accident. Japan is similar.

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And oddly, people seem unaware of the numerous ways we are dependant on the nuclear industry . . . Most smoke alarms use Americium, a nuclear reactor byproduct. Similar byproducts are used in many other devices, including machines for measuring metal thickness accurately and other important manufacturing devices. Nuclear byproducts are often used in radiation therapy in medicine, as well as for sterilising food. Radiothermic generators are used in some implanted devices, as well as in spacecraft. A few satillites (notably the Soviet US/A heavy radar satillite) used full nuclear reactors. The list goes on . . . FUD notwithstanding, it’s the cleanest large-scale power-generation system we have today.
UPDATE: Check out News Nuclear too.

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Victor said…
I could not agree more. I worked for five years at a nuclear plant and feel it is the safest source of power. It is due time that we (as a country) revitalize the use of nuclear energy as a power source.

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