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SpiritOfTito wrote (edited )

Plenty of reasons to be anti nuclear.

Even if we took as fact natural disasters never occurred (cough fukishima thats still spewing radioactive waste into the ocean) nuclear waste has a half life of 24,000 years.

What countries like Norway(one of the more responsible nations on the planet) has basically been doing is tunnelling really deep into the earth and dumping the waste there.

And thats about the best you can do with nuclear waste and hope no one digs into that spot or an earthquake/volcano doesn't disturb that spot for the rest of its half life which is 24,000 years.

To put that in context 24,000 years ago humans were building hamlets built of rocks and mammoth bones.

Nuclear is absolutely shit when you factor in nuclear waste. Some of the less responsible countries have been shipping their waste to India and burying it underneath living populations.

Its not a magical energy source.

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zorblax wrote (edited )

Look up thorium power, specifically LFTR technology. It is better than old-style high-pressure uranium nuclear power plants in essentially every way.

As far as I know India is the only country that's seriously pursuing it, everywhere else is strung up with restrictions on nuclear research. And of course everyone loves uranium because you can use it to make bombs.

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sudo wrote

That's not anti-nuclear, that's a legitimate criticism of nuclear power. There are better ways to generate power, but those other ways aren't always feasible for a certain area. Until we can distribute power globally, nuclear power may be the least shitty way of generating power for a particular region.

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jhasse wrote

Until we can distribute power globally, nuclear power may be the least shitty way of generating power for a particular region.

You take it as a given that we'll have to generate power in every area.