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PostPosted: Sep 21, 2011 9:57 am 
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The silly German politicians have been called to order due to their disrespect of the constitution.

http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/C_Fue ... 09111.html

Germany's politicians don't care much about the law and constitution. Fortunately the judges don't agree with these criminals (yes criminals - are people who ignore the law, so this includes the German politicians).

That should help reduce their unlawful madness. Though with the other unlawfull insanity around, such as closing all nuclear plants for no good safety reason (such as the risk of tsunamis a 1000 miles inland), violating all permit laws, it won't be enough for Germany to use the only hope they have for low CO2 emissions.


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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2011 4:23 am 
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I wonder why some people force their irrational fears on others. German politicians are not alone.
Heat energy from chemical combustion causes a large proportions of deaths. Yet it is present in every kitchen, besides other places. Is there a movement to ban it?
Nuclear electricity causes less deaths per billion units of production than any other source. It is also the most maligned.
The nuclear heat should be used for producing fuel gases from bio-mass, municipal refuse, deep or high ash coal or shales beds by pyrolysis or hydrous pyrolysis. The gas could be used directly as fuel or converted to liquid fuels or electric power.


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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2011 9:55 am 
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There's no movement to ban fossil fuels. We don't have anything else that works, except nuclear which is taboo.

When I ask people if they know how many die each year due to burning stuff, they haven't the slightest. Deaths per TWh, hmm what's a terrawatthour? How many tons of toxic ash and greenhouse gasses does a 1 GWe coal plant produce each year? Hmm, no idea, but tell me what's a GWe? Heavy metals, whats that? Particulate matter causing lung cancer? No way!

Very few people know that the power extractable from the wind is equal to the cube of the wind speed. In fact most people won't know what a cube of something is. Very few even know the difference between a kW and a kWh. Capacity factor, what's that?

This just goes on and on. What we have here is an education problem. We want choices of energy transition to be based on democracy but few people know any energy basics at all. It is recipe for disaster.


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PostPosted: Sep 25, 2011 1:55 pm 
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Cyril R wrote:
Deaths per TWh, hmm what's a terrawatthour?


How about this visualization:

Every group of 6250 americans sacrifice a human life every year for their electricity needs if they are coal powered. With nuclear power it takes 1.88 million people for the same death toll.


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