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Fri Jun 3, 2016, 08:56 PM

 

The Nuclear Option Could Be Best Bet to Combat Climate Change

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Source: www.scientificamerican.com

To cut CO2 pollution, experts argue for nuclear power
By Umair Irfan, ClimateWire on June 3, 2016
CALLAWAY COUNTY, Mo.óThe 31-year-old Callaway Energy Center is doing some heavy lifting.
Missouriís lone nuclear power plant produces 11.7 percent of the stateís electricity from one reactor cranking out 1.2 gigawatts, making it the third-largest electricity producer in the state. Its 553-foot-tall, cloud-spewing cooling tower is the second-tallest structure in Missouri behind the St. Louis Arch, two hoursí drive east.

ďWe are a baseload plant,Ē Cox says. ďAbout 3,565 megawatts thermal and about 1,283 MW electric go out onto the grid. So itís about 30 percent efficiency from what I have to produce inside the core from a heat point of view to what I get out on the electric grid, and thatís typical for all steam-producing plants.Ē
But Callaway really flexes its muscles when it comes to zero-carbon-emissions energy in a coal-heavy portfolio. Missouri gets 82 percent of its electricity from coal, and the recently bankrupt Peabody Energy Corp., the nationís largest coal company, is based in St. Louis.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that Missouri ranks 13th in total greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric power provide the state with just 2.2 percent of its electricity. That means 83 percent of Missouriís carbon-free energy comes from Callaway.

Read more: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-nuclear-option-could-be-best-bet-to-combat-climate-change/



Experts, not kids show clowns or divinity school dropouts

It's the future

That means 83 percent of Missouriís carbon-free energy comes from Callaway.

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Response to StarTrombone (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 09:03 PM

1. Great, exchange one time bomb for another...

Nuclear energy is a progress trap.

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Response to StarTrombone (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 09:05 PM

2. There's a very good reason why nuclear plants cannot by insurance on the private market and

 

must be backed up financially by the federal government. Because it's the most poisonous of all fuels.

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Response to StarTrombone (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 09:12 PM

3. Our reactor, Maine Yankee, hasn't produced power since 1996 - but we spend $10 million a year

to take care of their spent fuel that made them millions of dollars.

Expert that

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Response to jpak (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 10:24 PM

14. Exactly. The issue is what do we do with the waste? And

no one wants it in their back yard. Few realize that we all have it to a certain degree in our back yard.

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Response to StarTrombone (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 09:15 PM

4. Maybe we could work on the way we live while we are at it.

Buy more shit.

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Response to StarTrombone (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 09:16 PM

5. 83 percent of Missouriís carbon-free energy Think of the POTENTIAL for water,wind, solar and

Geothermal. MO has a long way to go and has to get their without more nuclear.

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Response to StarTrombone (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 09:21 PM

6. I dont know about nuclear fusion

 

but my God can they produce megawatts of bullshit.
right on schedule.
at least someone is doing their job.

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Response to reddread (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 09:26 PM

7. "my God can they produce megawatts of bullshit."

True, true!
LOL!

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Response to reddread (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 09:54 PM

10. Yes, it IS a job - notice the swipes he took at Bill Nye and Al Gore.

Defending Trump earlier today in another thread.

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Response to blm (Reply #10)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 10:36 PM

15. And this thread clearly violates the LBN rules.


There's no "breaking news" here.
I alerted on it but it hasn't been locked yet.
Maybe there aren't enough hosts for this forum?

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Response to StarTrombone (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 09:37 PM

8. Let's try solar, geothermal, wind and anything else first.

Until we can decontaminate Fukushima, Chernobyl, Hanford etc etc etc and store nuclear waste safely, nukes are too dangerous and expensive way to boil water.

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Response to StarTrombone (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 09:51 PM

9. Fukushima

No it could not be the best bet to fight climate change - ever! Solar and wind are the best bets. Add in some geothermal and tidal energy and now we're making progress. Concentrated energy production (and I throw concentrated solar into this pile too) is always about a few controlling what is needed by the many to make a big dirty buck. There's a reason why we all have PC's and not wires connected to a bunch of mainframes. Decentralized power production is safer, makes far more sense and won't lead to another Fukushima. Funny how nuke plant stories can run without a mention of what the status of Fukushima might be? I say might be, because there are three cores that cannot be located and we still don't really know what the damage is or will be.

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Response to shadowmayor (Reply #9)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 09:55 PM

11. Note the insults directed at Bill Nye and Al Gore by the OP.

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Response to StarTrombone (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 10:01 PM

12. If the ancient Egyptians had had nuclear power

 

Their plants would have been operational for a few decades and we would still be storing their waste. Or not.

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Response to StarTrombone (Original post)

Fri Jun 3, 2016, 10:22 PM

13. Only if it leads to an extreme reduction

in humans.

That's likely the only way to stop the climate change, getting rid of us.

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Fri Jun 3, 2016, 10:57 PM

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