Resurgence of nuclear power not likely to happen

After the disasters at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, years passed before anyone took seriously the idea of a nuclear revival. Full Story
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G Anderson Houston TX

Houston, TX

#21 Aug 4, 2009
When Thomas Gray wrote, "No more; where ignorance is bliss,'Tis folly to be wise." he of course had not been privy to the twisted facts of your article. Please continue to write negatively slanted articles regarding nuclear power. To itís defense it brings out those who believe in the positive value of this power source.
John V

Birmingham, AL

#22 Aug 4, 2009
I agree with most...this article is full of itself. Illinois of all states should realize what nuclear power has done for it. The Chernobyl thing is the dinosaur, Different technology, different standards, different everything, cant compare the two. If this country decides its fate on wind or solar, we will reap the un-repairable harvests. Wind and solar power are much more expensive, if the powers to be would tell the whole story, however, they want the people (whom they figure are in total ignorance - as most politicians feel) to think it is a cheap and easy task...well its not. If this country does not embrace nuclear power, we will suffer, whats worse is we will suffer largely at the tax payers expense for renewables that at this point are unfounded hopefulls as far as carrying the base load energy we need. The renewables do have a part in our overall country's portfolio but, we do not have the time, expense and technology. We do not need to spend billions of dollars with very little return, by then, it will be too late. This author will eat his words on this article.
Dominic

United States

#23 Aug 4, 2009
Chernobyl didn't happen in the United States. No one here was affected at all. However, every day the pollution from fossil fuel causes thousands of deaths from lung related deseases. Also the explosions from gasoline tankers, refineries etc. Just watch the nightly news. Chernobyl give me a break...

Bring on the clean safe nuclear power now.
John Busby

Chester, UK

#24 Aug 4, 2009
If the inner liner of the Besse Davis reactor had burst, the relieving of the pressure resulting in the hot water inside turning to flash steam, failing to cool the fuel elements, which would have melted down.

See

http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/ops-exp...

for a series of articles on this near miss.

Imagining that Chernobyl-like or TMI-like incident couldn't have happened in Ohio is a measure of current complacency.
GRLCowan

Cobourg, Canada

#25 Aug 4, 2009
"Imagining that Chernobyl-like or TMI-like incident couldn't have happened in Ohio is a measure of current complacency--"

Sounds like an insinuation that Chernobyl-like in Ohio is possible, with no stipulation that it must be one of the commonplace non-nuclear varieties of Chernobyl. Why not go for the direct lie, John? Think you're too honorable? Hah.
Chopper

Petersburg, IL

#26 Aug 5, 2009
Karl Marx-I oughtta know wrote:
Interesting to call Three Mile Island a disaster but nobudy died there and people die every day at Hydro, wind , coal and gas plants.
I bet you believe in the porkulus plan too.
What are the fatality statistics for hydro-electric generating stations?
What are the fatality statistics for wind farms (human, not birds, please)?
What are the fatality statistics for coal-fired power plants?
What are the fatality statistics for gas-fired power plants?

Three-Mile Island's failure was a huge incident which could have been a Chernobyl-type disaster under other circumstances. Your point is well taken that any method of power generation has some risk but you must admit that nuclear power risks can be farther reaching in space and over time than other forms. Therefore, while it is not appropriate to abandon the potential, we should not ignore the risks out of a fatalistic malaise or false sense of security. We should also not ignore advances in other technologies which can fill the power gap with lesser risks and long-term implications.

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