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 Post subject: Re: Advocating nuclear
PostPosted: Mar 07, 2014 9:24 am 
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Russ wrote:

As far as public policy is concerned, I see no difference between Thorium lasting for 2000 years or a million years. Let's say for the sake of argument that we will run out of Thorium in 2000 years. We can wait 1800 years to even think about it, and we will still have plenty of time to find an alternative. At the rate we're going, we will be lucky if the human race is still around in 1000 years anyway. Hell, make that 50 years.


you say thousands of years
they read a thousand

at least put it in some sort of perspective, like thorium will last 100 times longer than coal, and coal/oil will only last 200 years

i found this to confirm
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Based on U.S. coal production for 2011, the U.S. estimated recoverable coal reserves represent enough coal to last 236 years. However, EIA projects in the most recent Annual Energy Outlook (April 2013) that U.S. coal production will increase at about 0.2% per year for the period 2011-2040. If that growth rate continues into the future, U.S. estimated recoverable coal reserves would be exhausted in about 194 years if no new reserves are added. http://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/inde ... l_reserves


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 Post subject: Re: Advocating nuclear
PostPosted: Mar 08, 2014 6:57 am 
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Joshua, you have had a typical experience. This is how it goes most of the time. No matter how many authoritative references you give, they are swiped off the table by conjecture. After all, you're advocating nuclear power, so you must be a monumental moron.

Sometimes the renewables enthusiasts need a little time to think about the subject. So, provide a few references such as the late Cohen's "the nuclear power option" or Mackays "sustainable energy - without the hot air". Urge them to read it but then stop. Let it mellow.


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 Post subject: Re: Advocating nuclear
PostPosted: Mar 28, 2014 8:52 pm 
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I think the real problem is that "The Simpsons" portrays nuclear as bad. And who's crazy enough to fact-check "The Simpsons"? And of course, they believe it.


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