Guest Commentary: Global warming worr...

Guest Commentary: Global warming worriers need to go nuclear

There are 122 comments on the Denver Post Economy/Real Estate story from Jul 28, 2009, titled Guest Commentary: Global warming worriers need to go nuclear. In it, Denver Post Economy/Real Estate reports that:

Sen. Mark Udall claims he's worried about global warming. He wants human production of carbon dioxide radically reduced.

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Global Warming Fraud

Gilbert, AZ

#1 Jul 29, 2009
Global warming is a fraud - when will our politicians catch up to our scientists?
http://www.petitionproject.org/
Earthling

Almería, Spain

#2 Jul 29, 2009
Many of us realise this fraud and our number is steadily growing, but we're up against a few religious fanatics who will not budge from their belief.
We continue telling them that their science is flawed, but they refuse to consider that as a possibility, clinging to their dogma and mantra that, "We must cut CO2 now, before it's too late to save the world."

Many of these cult followers claim knowledge of science, but appear to be blinded because of that.
koz

Brecksville, OH

#3 Jul 29, 2009
Replacing coal power plants with nuclear power plants is a great benefit, even if there is no human contribution to global warming. Displacing a coal plant with a nuclear power plant saves about 30 lives a year and also reduces other health hazards and reduces long-term pollution hazards.
Earthling

Almería, Spain

#4 Jul 29, 2009
koz wrote:
Replacing coal power plants with nuclear power plants is a great benefit, even if there is no human contribution to global warming. Displacing a coal plant with a nuclear power plant saves about 30 lives a year and also reduces other health hazards and reduces long-term pollution hazards.
And we all hope that future generations will not be affected more by nuclear waste than we have been by CO2 and any other pollutant.

It's very rare for mankind to take a step forward without committing some serious error.

Dot all the Is and cross all the Ts, measure three times before cutting the cloth, look both ways, then look again and listen before crossing the road.
koz

Brecksville, OH

#5 Jul 29, 2009
Earthling wrote:
It's very rare for mankind to take a step forward without committing some serious error.
Nuclear power has been proven to be such a rare exception.
Not Told

Butte, MT

#6 Jul 29, 2009
Earthling wrote:
<quoted text>And we all hope that future generations will not be affected more by nuclear waste than we have been by CO2 and any other pollutant.
Uranium Milling and the Church Rock Disaster Church Rock, New Mexico, would seem an improbable spot for a nuclear disaster.
koz

Brecksville, OH

#7 Jul 29, 2009
Not Told wrote:
Uranium Milling and the Church Rock Disaster Church Rock, New Mexico, would seem an improbable spot for a nuclear disaster.
Things that haven't happened are often improbable.
BDV

Columbia, SC

#8 Jul 31, 2009
More NT nonsequiturs...
Earthling

Almería, Spain

#9 Jul 31, 2009
koz wrote:
Nuclear power has been proven to be such a rare exception.
You're talking about decades of waste fuel from a few hundred plants, not the thousands that are needed to replace coal, natural gas etc.
koz

Brecksville, OH

#10 Jul 31, 2009
Earthling wrote:
You're talking about decades of waste fuel from a few hundred plants, not the thousands that are needed to replace coal, natural gas etc.
Waste fuel that is mostly a valuable resource while the rest of it slowly decays away to non-radioactive elements. Compare that the huge volume of non-dacaying waste that is produced from a coal-burning plant. Each time that a nuke replaced a coal plant, the volume of waste drops by a large factor. The only fuel resource in coal waste is the tramp uranium that could be recovered to fuel more nuclear power plants. As long as there is a single coal-burning plant operating, it is absurd to claim that nuclear spent fuel is a significant problem.
Idiot Spotter

Zephyrhills, FL

#11 Jul 31, 2009
koz wrote:
<quoted text>Waste fuel that is mostly a valuable resource while the rest of it slowly decays away to non-radioactive elements. Compare that the huge volume of non-dacaying waste that is produced from a coal-burning plant. Each time that a nuke replaced a coal plant, the volume of waste drops by a large factor. The only fuel resource in coal waste is the tramp uranium that could be recovered to fuel more nuclear power plants. As long as there is a single coal-burning plant operating, it is absurd to claim that nuclear spent fuel is a significant problem.
You are such an idiot who will not quit. You are so proud of it.
koz

Brecksville, OH

#12 Jul 31, 2009
Idiot Spotter wrote:
You are such an idiot who will not quit. You are so proud of it.
Hopefully, someday you will see reality.
Earthling

Almería, Spain

#13 Jul 31, 2009
koz wrote:
Waste fuel that is mostly a valuable resource while the rest of it slowly decays away to non-radioactive elements. Compare that the huge volume of non-dacaying waste that is produced from a coal-burning plant. Each time that a nuke replaced a coal plant, the volume of waste drops by a large factor. The only fuel resource in coal waste is the tramp uranium that could be recovered to fuel more nuclear power plants. As long as there is a single coal-burning plant operating, it is absurd to claim that nuclear spent fuel is a significant problem.
Has anyone actually calculated the amount of nuclear waste that would be produced by an ever increasing number of nuclear power stations?

What is your basis for claiming a "large factor" drop in waste?
How slow is the decay rate compared to production and future demand rate?
And can you guarantee that spent nuclear fuel is, "insignificant" to the future of mankind?
Algernon Sidney

Lakewood, OH

#14 Jul 31, 2009
Earthling wrote:
Has anyone actually calculated the amount of nuclear waste that would be produced by an ever increasing number of nuclear power stations?
Yes.
Algernon Sidney

Lakewood, OH

#15 Jul 31, 2009
Idiot Spotter wrote:
You are such an idiot who will not quit. You are so proud of it.
Now that you have spotted an idiot, would you please point out why he is an idiot? That is, what in his postings convinced you?
DCK

Lakewood, OH

#16 Jul 31, 2009
Earthling wrote:
You're talking about decades of waste fuel from a few hundred plants, not the thousands that are needed to replace coal, natural gas etc.
Let's just replace the coal plants. Coal plants create millions of tons of waste and pump radioactive material into the air. The solid waste from coal plants is toxic and has no half-life.
Earthling

Almería, Spain

#17 Aug 1, 2009
DCK wrote:
Let's just replace the coal plants. Coal plants create millions of tons of waste and pump radioactive material into the air. The solid waste from coal plants is toxic and has no half-life.
What, "radioactive materials" do coal plants produce?

What, "solid waste" that is, "toxic" do coal plants produce?

I suggest you stick to playing computer games.
Algernon Sidney

Lakewood, OH

#18 Aug 1, 2009
Earthling wrote:
What, "radioactive materials" do coal plants produce?
Uranium and radium, hundreds of tons of it.
What, "solid waste" that is, "toxic" do coal plants produce?.
Cadmium, barium and mercury compounds; to name a few.
I suggest you stick to playing computer games.
Then who would teach you about reality? I was truly amazed that you didn't know about the toxic solid wastes that coal plants produce.
DCk

Lakewood, OH

#20 Aug 1, 2009
Earthling wrote:
What, "radioactive materials" do coal plants produce?
Algernon's answer was a bit flip. Few people know that coal smoke is radioactive. Here is a link to a "Scientific American" article on the subject:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm...

"Coal Ash Is More Radioactive than Nuclear Waste
By burning away all the pesky carbon and other impurities, coal power plants produce heaps of radiation"

"In fact, the fly ash emitted by a power plant—a by-product from burning coal for electricity—carries into the surrounding environment 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy."
DCk

Lakewood, OH

#21 Aug 1, 2009
Earthling wrote:
What, "solid waste" that is, "toxic" do coal plants produce?
I suggest you stick to playing computer games.
Here are some details about the toxic waste from coal plants:
http://www.cejournal.net/...
"High levels of toxins found in coal ash spill"

"The toxic heavy metals found in the water, which in addition to arsenic include barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, nickel and thallium, pose a risk not only to human health but also to aquatic life as well"
Those heavy metals are all solid waste.

I don't play computer games.

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