madjack posted at 09:12:19 AM on Jun 30, 2012:
Linecrosser posted at 09:31:05 PM on Jun 29, 2012:
Shut them all down, hope you like eating dried rations in the dark.
I love eating cold, dried rations in the dark. Nothing better!
What we (the great unwashed) should be doing is demanding replacement nuclear plants be constructed. Built right next door to the old nuclear plants, as the infrastructure is already in place. But because of the Moonbats the government wastes money subsidizing wind farms.
If, after reading how both the NRC couldn't be bothered to properly monitor D-B ("oh hey, they were #1 in their last 3 inspections, nothing to worry about there, we can just breeze through and relax"), and how WorstEnergy failed to do their proper maintenance and upkeep, you want more nuclear plants, that's fine, just so long as you live directly next door and sign a waiver specifying that any of your "special" genetically defective kids are subject to abortion or termination, cause we don't need more "special" people like you.
Now, seriously, I have looked at nuclear reactor designs. I have looked at pebble bed reactors and the newly approved reactor design. I have read the pros and cons of uranium vs. thorium. I would really like to stop burning coal and go to nuclear, but I have several major problems with nuclear:
1) Why the bloody fuck are we still using uranium fuel? (Answer: so we can turn the leftovers into nukes if needed. Thorium is better/safer, but hey, we need those leftovers from the used rods.)
2) Where the major bloody fuck are we going to put the waste? Yucca Mountain is still not happening, nobody wants the waste in their back yard, nobody in the USA reprocesses the leftovers, etc. The used shit is being stored ON SITE and that's part of the problem with Fukushima - no cooling water in the spent fuel pool is BAD. Not enough storage in the spent fuel pool is BAD. D-B has gone to dry casks cause they're OUT OF SPACE.
3) We can't trust the contractors to not fuck up and cut corners. Take a look at how many damned HIGHWAY projects have had to be redone or shored up because someone delivered a substandard batch of concrete. Hell, if I recall correctly, that happened with the VGCS. Add your substandard foreign steel and a whole pile of fully computerized systems with code written by Malaysian or Indian code monkeys overseas instead of Americans, running on Microsoft Windows, and you're talking about a Blue Screen of Death becoming a BLUE GLOW OF DEATH for thousands of people.
4) The GOP is big on no government regulation, so yeah, they'll cut funding for the NRC, assuming the RON PAULtards don't shut down the NRC "because nuclear power isn't in the Constitution!". And they'll leave the inspection and regulation up to the utilities. Think about the existing track record over at WorstEnergy, who have had 2 of the top 5 worst nuclear incidents in the USA and also caused a HUGE BLACKOUT because they couldn't be bothered to maintain their infrastructure.
So don't give me this "moonbat" (world's stupidest name!) bullshit. Let's see you whip out the answers to where we're going to put the waste and how we're going to make sure the new plants aren't built of substandard materials on earthquake faults or whatever and how we're going to ensure that the owners don't put maximum profits before safety. Come on, maddie, I'm calling you out, where's your magic answers?