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Nuclear –Radioactive Fly in the Sustainable Energy Ointment

from ZenGardner:

As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t even know we don’t know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country, and other free countries, it is the latter category – the unknown unknowns – that tend to be the difficult ones.

One example, and probably the most pressing, is the nuclear debate. At the crux of this issue in the public discussion are the unknowns; the known unknowns, such as what to do with the ever-mounting radioactive waste produced by the world’s nuclear energy and arms industries, which can neither be destroyed nor disposed of; but more importantly, unknown unknowns, such as the nuclear industry’s culture of secrecy. Still tight-lipped about the ongoing disaster at Fukushima, and the impending disaster in Miami, the industry continues to show its unwillingness to admit, much less manage, the real dangers inherent in nuclear experimentation.

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1 comment to Nuclear –Radioactive Fly in the Sustainable Energy Ointment

  • glitter 1

    “the industry continues to show its unwillingness to admit, much less manage, the real dangers inherent in nuclear experimentation.”

    This industry continues to be an Inigma,especially to those who have no idea how the technology works,who’s mental images conjure up visions of atomic bomb explosions and 50’s “B ” Movies of giant insects,tomatoes,dinosauors et al.The comment about the Turkey Point Power Plant is another Fukushima just waiting to happen is laughable.These unfounded assumptions are based on ignorance,conjecture and innuendo based mostly on an anti-nuclear bias.Is Nuclear Technology serious business? You bet it is!And there is contiuous learning just like with all technologies.Look air craft technology.Are jet liners safer today than 30 years ago? You know the answer to that question,so are you going to forego that ride on one for fear it will fall out of the sky.Yes,Nuclear Power demands respect and focus on safety as paramount,not that I’m attempting to compare a crashed jet liner to that of a nuclear power plant accident,because they’re not the same thing.
    The main thing that concerns/scares me the most about Nuclear Power here in the US and around the World is The Profit Motive.Here is the US the Utility Industry has been De-Regulated and that includes those utilities that own/run Nuclear Power Plants.The problem that I see is De-Regulation is nothing more than concentrating the Profits to the Utilities and not Savings to the Rate Payers.The controlling factors have been handed over to the Bean Counters and away from the Engineers.What happened when the Space Shuttle Program when it was taken over by the Bean Counters to meet tight launch schedules and taken away from the Engineers.I’m not implying that nuclear safety is being compromised for the sake of higher profits,but there is that inherent tendency built into the profit motive.Therein lies the danger in Nuclear Power Generation, diminished repect for the technology in exchange for better and better capacity factors.It’s likefalling asleep at the wheel,you don’t know it’s happening,sometimesyou come out of it,sometimes you don’t until you run off the road and hit the tree.

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