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Thursday, March 17, 2011

We Are All In It Together ...

Nuclear Power Around the World

We have invested heavily in this form of power, and as the map shows, there are nuclear power plants in many places around the world. There are a lot of plants on the Pacific Ring of Fire.

As far as I know, nuclear power has never been profitable, though the statistics are manipulated to make it appear so. It has never been safe, because there is no real way to dispose of the waste, and as we know, natural events can disrupt power to the plants and cause real, worldwide disasters, not to mention events caused by human error.

There are always downsides to power. Coal dirties the air, though stack scrubbers (when used) are much better than they were in the past. Wind generators are poorly designed in many cases, and can cause bird deaths. Solar is expensive and inefficient so far, and geothermal power is an unknown. Wave technology is in its infancy.

As always, we have taken what seemed like the "easy" course, implementing a power source we cannot really control because it promised easy and unlimited power. But it IS limited. The kind of fuel it requires is not abundant in the sense that wind, waves, sunlight and the heat of our planet's core are.

What are we to learn from these errors? The cost in human suffering is steep; so was the cost of coal, between the miners' diseases and disasters, and the lung problems of those breathing the atmospheric particulates. Uranium mining and usage has also hurt a lot of people in its history. We are still learning. We want power to run our heat, cooling, lights and electronics. How do we want to proceed from here?


HeadBurro Antfarm said...

Thanks to Chernobyl, my balls glow at night!

Enjah said...

Thanks to Three Mile Island, my hair has turned green!

Salazar Jack said...

Thanks to Mr. Fusion, I was able to go Back To The Future.