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Blogger on Nuclear Energy: Yes In My Backyard

Here's one blogger who just moved to Florida and was happy to discover that his electricity was provided by a nuclear power plant:
I'’m still a relatively "“new"” import here in Florida, so naturally I'’m still learning the lay of the land and getting an idea just what kind of stuff inhabits the area with me. I was pleasantly surprised to learn there'’s a nuclear power plant about sixty miles south of here. Apparently nuclear power accounts for 17% or so of all power generation done here in Florida; presumably because I live so close to the plant there in Saint Lucie my power here is generated by one of its reactors.
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Gunter said…
Hey newcomer,
Look up, there is a lot of sunshine.

Smell the coffee while your at it... The Sun's fuel is free and there is a 93,000,000 mile emerency planning zone.

Give up that old sea turtle sucker at St. Lucie...

Gunter, NIRS
Look up at night, or when it's cloudy, or when the wind isn't blowing. Reverting to thousand-year-old technology is most certainly not "free," either, since there is a definite opportunity cost to being unable to operate modern technology--which is usually expressed in the lives of the young, elderly, and sick. Personally, I would be dead if a high-energy modern hospital were unable to operate. Try telling me that we should abandon a high-energy society.
And yes, there's a lot of sunshine; far more than we could ever use. Unfortunately, it's spread out over an area far larger than we could ever collect it from.

And I'm sure you'd rather have a coal-fired "sea turtle sucker"--since that's a cooling system problem and doesn't have anything to do with the nuclear part of the nuclear power plant.
Kirk Sorensen said…
And I'm sure you'd rather have a coal-fired "sea turtle sucker"--since that's a cooling system problem and doesn't have anything to do with the nuclear part of the nuclear power plant.

No, I think Gunter wants a solar-dynamic "sea turtle sucker". It's funny how when people have exhausted their opposition to nuclear energy on the points that are particular to nuclear energy, they turn their attention to thermodynamic generalities, counting on public ignorance of thermodynamic principles.

But wait, I've been to the NIRS website. I don't think many people there have taken classes in thermodynamics.
Starvid, Sweden said…
The sun has no containment. It gives off lots of dangerous radiation which gives thousands of people fatal cancer every year.

We must phase out the sun. There are many excellent alternativers. Only they have been blocked by the oil and nuclear industries.
Brian Mays said…
I agree with Starvid. The Sun is far too dangerous to be allowed to continue. It must be stopped now!

Just think of the waste ... why it will generate waste that is over 300,000 times the mass of the entire Earth! And this waste will last for thousands or millions of years (the EPA is still deciding). What will we do with it all?!

Furthermore, this waste includes tonnes and tonnes of deadly tritium and heavy radioactive isotopes. In fact, all of the radioactive isotopes that we find here on Earth were actually created, not in our sun, but one just like it. We're still dealing with the radioactive waste of former suns, why should we let this sun continue to produce more waste?

The sun is also an excellent terrorist target. In fact, it is well known that suns are prone to explode all by themselves. Thus, a sun is far too dangerous to have around, and I absolutely refuse to have one of these ticking nuclear timebombs in my solar system.

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