Published on March 27, 2008 By stubbyfinger In Blogging

Modern generation 4 pebble bed reactors produce almost no waste, and the waste they do produce is incased in graphite witch doesn't break down even in seawater for a million years. Witch is longer than the activity of plutonium.

It is virtually impossible for a Pebble bed modular reactors, or PBMR to have a meltdown or leak enough radiation to require any onsite cleanup, even if there was a catastrophic failure and nothing was done, they would shut down on their own without the need for backup systems.

You could build ten PBMR's in an area the size of three football fields and they would produce over a hundred MW's each. That's enough power for 30,000 average homes each reactor.

We would have to have a Chernobyl worst case scenario every three weeks to equal the deaths from respiratory disease caused by fossil fuel burning power plants. Which would only be possible with first or second generation plants.

Had it not been for the no nukes movement the US would be oil independent and producing less than ten percent of the carbon emissions we produce now.

The environmental movement has done allot of goods things, but they sure screwed the pooch on this one. They've got to learn to separate facts from rhetoric and not consider everyone whom wants a decent lifestyle the enemy. It's time to tell them to sit down and shut up on this issue and give a green light to new nukes.


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on Mar 27, 2008
We have had nuclear subs and reactors in the US for a significant amount of time now. I don't understand why nuclear still gets the red light.

on Mar 27, 2008

It's the China Syndrome Dude. They should burn all copies of that movie.

on Mar 28, 2008
It's the China Syndrome Dude. They should burn all copies of that movie.


Along with the leading actress.

But I will disagree with the contention that it would have made us energy independent. Less polluted, sure. But Nuclear will be replacing mostly coal (a big polluter), not oil.
on Mar 28, 2008

Americans and everyone else for that matter buy what we're sold. I think electric cars would have been an easy sell on the American people. Government and industry simply took the path of least resistance with the internal combustion engine. Power production has never been enough to handle the massive increase in demand that electric vehicles would introduce so it just wasn't feasible to push electric vehicles.

Even now the big three does not have a production electric vehicle for that reason and that's also why we're sold hybrids. Right now we can make a cheaper lower maintenance all electric vehicle with a range of 300+ miles with comparable performance to gas. But if more than 5% of us bought them it would cripple the power grids so we're not sold them. My contention is if nuclear power had been embraced we would have been sold electric cars.

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