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Response to ladjf (Reply #18)

Wed Mar 13, 2013, 02:15 PM

19. Actually, the effects are longer lasting.

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It's going to take a long, long time (if ever) for the earth's climate to return to the icy "normal" we are familiar with.

After a few centuries of storage nuclear power plant waste is comparable to other commonly produced toxic industrial materials, not radically different than a pile of used tires, lead acid batteries, asbestos laced building materials, or many sorts of mine tailings. You don't want to go dumping it anywhere, but it's not going to kill you just looking at it like it would when it's first pulled out of the reactor.

That doesn't mean I support nuclear power. I'm a Luddite. I'd happily kill 80% of our industrial economy. You can forget your private automobiles, commercial air travel, air conditioning, and big box stores if Hunter ever becomes Emperor of Earth. Heck, I'd probably impose a universal speed limit of 35 m.p.h. for any vehicle that's not responding to an honest-to-god emergency. Someone had better be bleeding, on fire, or otherwise in danger of great bodily harm, else I take away your license to drive or fly forever. There would be no more car races and I wouldn't be sorry. Want to go fast? Buy a bicycle and peddle harder.

So sit down on the porch, relax, and enjoy an ice cold beer or lemon-aide from your solar powered refrigerator. You're not going anywhere, nor is their any reason to. Work's been canceled today because it's too hot.

Seriously, humans got into this mess by working too hard. What we now call "economic productivity" isn't really productive because we're busy destroying the environment that supports us.

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