Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Idiocy of Generating Nuclear Waste

I want to say something about the moment when I realized that all talk about preserving nuclear waste intact for tens of thousands of years is just more lying corporate propaganda.  Actually, what I want to mention is where I was when the emotional argument hit me.  I was here:

Two views of the pathetic remnants of the Roman Forum.  The Forum was one of the greatest creations in the history of mankind, and yet less than two thousand years later, these ruins are all that remain of it. 

No one will ever be able to convince me that nuclear waste, which has a real value to terrorists and countries that want to enrich uranium to build bombs, can ever be safely preserved intact for 60 or 70,000 years- ten times the age of civilization to date.  One look around the Forum should convince anyone of how absurd and malicious that claim is.

1 comment:

the yellow fringe said...

In addition to the waste having a shel-life of 350,000 generations, (wow, that even stuns me, what a monument to leave) these bewildering money holes are steam generator, needing millions of gallons a day for steam and for cooling. Water is in short supply in many places, and climate change has increased water temperatures in rivers and lakes forced some plants out of service. And one more overlooked significant item, they are unreliable. They often shut down without warning. They, not solar or wind, should wear the mantel of being unreliable. Wind and solar are made up of large numbers of units, one can go down without impact to the grid, and grid operators using weather forecast understand ahead of time when to switch sources, unlike the nuke plant surprise lurking in the near term.