Yes, here we go again. It’s Incredipete’s daily rant: Today, Nuclear Energy: The Other White Meat.
Now, as for nuclear energy, here is my “belligerent, inflammatory comment” to get things started: “Why the heck are we burning fossil fuels that are non renewable, when we have an endless supply of energy from a safe source, namely nuclear power, whose only side affect is massive quantities of radioactive waste?”
There you have it. Fossil fuels are so old school. The create all kinds of noxious smoke and crap that give us all black lung. Besides that, they are not very efficient, in dollars per megawatt. Then on the flip side, we have nuclear power, which creates clean, efficient power at just pennies per megawatt.
Now I realize the reason that nuclear plants haven’t been built in the past 20 years, although I think the reasons are stupid. First, we have 3 Mile Island, which was the plant that during “testing” the technicians managed to start a core meltdown by draining the coolant and exposing the core. Now… this probably wasn’t the smartest thing anyone’s ever done. Granted, it was scary, but if they had just left well enough alone, there would have been no problem. And, frankly, no one even died as a result. The reaction never got totally out of control.
Then the other incident that created pause for nuclear energy, Chernobyl. In this instance, the core melted down, and blew the roof off the building, spewing radioactive debris and clouds all over the country. People in Chernobyl still have Geiger counters in their kitchens, and have the highest cancer rate in the world. So, having a core meltdown is a bad thing.
But once again, we have underfunded, poorly managed facilities to blame. If everyone was following the rules, or if the plants were totally computerized, it would not be a problem.
The only thing left to do is find a place to store all of the radioactive waste. I propose North Dakota. No one, at least no one important, lives in North Dakota. Heck, they barely have any trees, let alone civilization. It’s just a vast barren wasteland waiting to be exploited. And it has the added bonus of being surrounded by South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, and last by not least, Canada. So even if some of the waste spills, we don’t have to worry, because it won’t hurt any important American Cities, and if we’re lucky, the radioactive cloud will blow North into Canada. It would be years before the rest of the world noticed that all of the Canadians were dead.
What I’m proposing is a massive conversion to nuclear power, which the Europeans have already figured out. I hate to admit when they’re right, but by jove, they’ve really got something. We need to shut down all of these coal plants, and get us some uranium. And, the added bonus to using nuclear plants is that we can produce much more of our favorite substance… weapons grade plutonium. It’s brilliant.
Do you agree? I thought so.