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I agree with Para Handy we should build more Nuclear Power Stations

 

The technology which exists in the electrical/electronic today compared to say 40 years ago cannot really be compared .

 

Remember your old TV set ,washing machine ect.

 

The catastrophe in Japan will only help to improve the industry.

 

Look at aviation ,I have no fear of flying today ,this is because every incident is investigated & the necessary precautions put in place to prevent it happening again. The same will apply to the Nuclear Industry.

 

With oil getting more & more expensive,& renewable energy causeing so much opposition ,we could easily find ourselves with no power in the very near future.

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I agree with Para Handy we should build more Nuclear Power Stations

 

The technology which exists in the electrical/electronic today compared to say 40 years ago cannot really be compared .

 

Remember your old TV set ,washing machine ect.

 

The catastrophe in Japan will only help to improve the industry.

 

Look at aviation ,I have no fear of flying today ,this is because every incident is investigated & the necessary precautions put in place to prevent it happening again. The same will apply to the Nuclear Industry.

 

With oil getting more & more expensive,& renewable energy causeing so much opposition ,we could easily find ourselves with no power in the very near future.

 

All very true. However, the problem with Nuclear Accidents is the scale of the consequences. Conventional power staions have caught fire and blown up. Same for oil refineries, oil rigs, coal mines and so on. They all can and do suffer disasters that have caused folk to die. Lessons are learnt and these are incorporated into new installations. I have yet to hear of an oil refinery disater that takes more than 50 years to rebuild and continues to be a health risk to everyone over a wide area during that time.

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Yes, would agree Nuclear Fusion would be the way to go once it's fully up and running but I have a problem trusting some of these operators. Quote re Fukushimo :-

On Sunday Tepco said radiation levels at reactor No 2 were 10 million times higher than normal before correcting that figure to 100,000.

( how basic a mistake can you make ? )

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Yes hairy -ian also true ,but how many especially old folk might die of hypothermia because they cannot afford to keep themselfs warm, not to forget the effect that these extortionate high prices that power will likely rise to will have on the economy.

 

Nuclear could be the way to avoid this !

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I would also have nuclear power over wind power any day.

 

I think you have to bare in mind that the problems facing Fukishima were caused by the earthquake/tsunami not human error or faulty equipment, you could definately argue that building a nuclear plant on a site which is on a known fault line is taking a bit of a chance.

 

What's your views Sailor?

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Yes hairy -ian also true ,but how many especially old folk might die of hypothermia because they cannot afford to keep themselfs warm, not to forget the effect that these extortionate high prices that power will likely rise to will have on the economy.

 

Nuclear could be the way to avoid this !

 

A question of values then. To stop Granny from dieing of hypothermia, we risk killing not just her but subsequent generations of her family?

 

Another thought ... since when did nuclear energy become cheap ?

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Nuclear is far from cheap. It is all very well and good saying that the new stations are better than those built X yonks ago but we still are operating nuclear power stations in the UK that are well past their sell-by date.

 

I hate nuclear.

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OK all noted Hairyian, but where are we going to get our electricty ?

 

Wind power is that the answer!

 

Tidel power !

 

Remember we cannot go back to the old tilley lamp & primus stove as they need oil (parafin) thats going to get scarce & expensive.

 

I would think that nuclear would at least be reliable & probably cheaper than hundreds of wind turbines & tidle contraptions that will probably disapear almost as fast as the BRAER !

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Completely agree, would far rather have nice Nuclear plant than wind farm.

 

One 1000 megawatt nuclear staion = 277 3.6 Megawatt wind turbines ( thats if the winds blowing at optimum speed 24 hours a day every day ) 1000 turbines would be needed to match it and even then when the wind stops blowing.....

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building a power plant on a fault line compares to building a power plant on soft ground. The answer is to evaluate the risk and design it out. This is a fairly modern approach to construction because for too long politicians told engineers to build something in a place at the cheapest possible cost. I hear you say "what about the industrial revolution icons, bridges etc." Well in those days Engineers were hugely popular characters and had more power than they have since or ever will.

Now modern project analysis would factor ALL risks and ensure they are catered for. With the knowledge collected from each incident nuclear power plants can only get better.

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I think you have to bare in mind that the problems facing Fukishima were caused by the earthquake/tsunami not human error or faulty equipment, you could definately argue that building a nuclear plant on a site which is on a known fault line is taking a bit of a chance.

Surely the choice of site was a human error?

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