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Fission

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Re: Fission

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Postby Schneibster » Wed Jul 18, 2007 12:56 am

I promised I'd show up; I'm busy, but I've seen this thread, and I'll be here when I have a little time to spend.

Just for starters, my concerns about fission are far more about human factors than they are inherent danger (although fission is dangerous- no question about it). I see the technical hurdles as being mostly cleared, and the dangers mostly handled. I think The China Syndrome and Three Mile Island effectively killed fission politically speaking in the US, and Chernobyl only spat on its grave. I think this is deplorable and has landed us in a hell of a mess, global-warming wise. You can argue about global warming on another thread on this General forum if you like; personally, I don't really care enough to bother here, I fight that battle elsewhere and don't really want to contaminate this site with it. Just suppose it's true; what are we talking about here (I mean this site)? The solution to it, of course. So why bother?

Human factors that worry me about fission include but are not limited to:
1. Greedy utility companies shorting on design or monitoring because government oversight is insufficient to prevent it;
2. Greedy countries using the technology to manufacture nuclear weapons;
3. Countries with a desperate need for energy using nuclear reactors with insufficient safeguards because they can't afford them;
and that'll do for the present.

In short, I'm not firmly against fission; I just think there remain significant hurdles to its implementation. Solutions to some or all of these problems are available. But if it's gonna be done, it's gotta be done right. And what concerns me most is the world-wide record on doing things right, which is not all that good.

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Re: Fission

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