BobPink wrote: I'm a big advocate of nuclear. I believe the obvious difficulties and dangers inherent
Bullshit. Nuclear power has been done for 60 years there is no difficulty. the backwards nations of n k0rea are able to use the power of the atom.
Bullshit about being dangerous. Smoking is dangerous, alcohol is dangerous, 120volts is enough to kill anyone on earth, traveling 60 mph into a concrete pillar is dangerous. flying is dangerous. smoking gives people cancer. yes, cancer can be prevented. cancer has known causes, smoking is one of them. high blood sugar kills people every day, fast food trans-fats kill people every hour.
Leading Causes of Death
(Data are for the U.S. and are final 2010 data; For the most recent preliminary data see Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2011 [PDF - 1.7 MB])
Number of deaths for leading causes of death
Heart disease: 597,689
Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080
Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476
Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859
Alzheimer's disease: 83,494
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476
Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097
Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364
Nuclear energy is not danger. Smoking is danger. Gasoline is danger. Carbon monoxide is danger. Circular saws are danger. Stray bullets are danger. Nuclear energy is not danger.
I've been reading posts for a very long time. I'm humbled by the level of expertise and technical discourse that takes place here. I've learned by reading here that even though I thought I had a good understanding of the technology, it is really quite lacking. I've learned there are technical issues so esoteric I couldn't hope to understand them without a dedicated devotion to study. Sometimes I just have to skim posts looking for topics I understand.
Even my potential questions are so naive as to not be worth too much; I'm not sure I would understand the answers even if much simplified. Since lurking here, I realize that I don't know enough to frame them properly.
That is the nature of this post.
Cyril R wrote in a different thread
Cyril R wrote:To break this circle, you need to tackle the root cause of all the problems. Which is simply that people don't understand nuclear power. They know only what they hear, which is fearmongering, media speculation, and flat out lies.
It's not about trust. It's about knowledge.
In a word, I just don't think that is possible. Where would 'people' get this knowledge?
Not to disparage my fellow Americans, but if they know no math beyond what is necessary to balance their checkbooks (and often not even that), know no chemistry beyond what is necessary to make a good cup of coffee (and Keurig makes even that knowledge unnecessary), know nothing about physics, metallurgy, geology, or thermodynamics, how do you ever hope to educate them on the science of nuclear engineering? I'm afraid you're left with either bulldozing your way past them with politics or waiting until reality catches up with them and they come to your side because they're freezing in the winter.
100% percent right on math, science, chemistry, phyiscs, metalurgy, geology, thermodynamics. Most americans do not need to know even 1 percent of those subjects to lead happy healthy lives.
Americans still demand certain things from their governments, cheap gasoline is one of them. Cheap energy is another of them. Clean air and clean water is also on their list. Economic prosperity is also very high on that list. All of those things RELY ON NUCLEAR POWER.
When electricity becomes costly, when chinese, russians, indians, and brazilians have huge economy based on nuclear power, then america will demand it of their government. Time is on the side of nuclear. Solar and wind NEVER work without massive government payoffs and subsidies.
NUCLEAR ENERGY POWERS THE UNIVERSE. NUCLEAR ENERGY POWERS THE SUN.