Time for greens to embrace nukes
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#1 Jun 30, 2013
Time for greens to embrace nukes
Renewables cannot solve our energy needs; to seriously address climate change, nuclear energy must be in the conversation
May 22, 2013|By Tom Horton
For too long, many environmentalists have been ambivalent about nuclear energy. It conjures fears: meltdowns, cancers, Chernobyl, Fukushima, overtones of nuclear bombs.
Yet, we also know that nuclear power provides 70 percent of all the greenhouse gas-free electrical power in the United States (hydropower, in which dams block many great rivers like the Susquehanna to fish migration, provides much of the rest). Neither does nuclear energy produce the nitrogen oxides of fossil fuels that are a major Chesapeake pollutant, or the mercury from coal plants that contaminate so much of our seafood.
#2 Jun 30, 2013
Not until the dominant ideology who has driven the nuclear industry into the ground is changed...
#3 Jun 30, 2013
Hey Tree Fugger- EAT SH'T and DIE!!!!
Uranium Mining Wastes
Mining operations usually have to excavate a large amount of rock, which is pulverized and chemically treated, in order to extract a relatively small amount of useful mineral. Any barren rock, together with pulverized rock, sand and sludge from the extraction process, usually referred to as tailings, constitute mining wastes.
Tailings contain other minerals that were in the rock, but that are not economically recoverable. Some of these, such as arsenic and ***MERCURY***, are toxic. In addition, when the rock contains sulphide ores, a chemical reaction with ground water can produce an acid that not only releases these toxic chemicals but is also harmful to the environment in its own right, e.g., killing fish and vegetation in rivers.
The dark sides of uranium mining are well documented by now, though workers in the industry during its heyday had no idea how hazardous the element would be. Indeed, uranium miners have experienced high rates of **CANCER**, heart disease and birth defects.
Stronger regulations have since been put in place to protect mine workers, but increased cancer rates still remain an issue for current and former mine workers.
As for risk to the public, uranium mining releases radon from the ground into the atmosphere, thus posing a slight risk to surrounding populations. Radon and other pollutants can also make their way into streams, springs and other bodies of water and can contaminate drinking water in surrounding communities. According to a report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), uncontrolled releases as a result of natural disasters like floods, fires or earthquakes can also be an issue for those around uranium mines, with even a single minor incident potentially leading to dramatic and lasting effects.
Researchers have known for decades that uranium exposure increases the risk of lung and bone CANCERS and kidney damage.
can ewe explain WTF ewe mean by "Fossil Fuels" ??
(what the hell do fossils have to do with oil & coal etc.?)
Or perhaps ewe can explain how 'global warming', which we're supposed to beLIEve is caused by 'fossil fuels', is a 'problem' when even the msm such as the NY Times etc. have Admitted the Fact that the planet has not warmed even one degree since 1998?
#4 Jun 30, 2013
Stop! Will you please stop. You are driving me crazy!
#5 Jun 30, 2013
as in MORE than usual?
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