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  •  In other news... (10+ / 0-)

    ...the fear and ignorance associated with Fukushima by people who care not a whit about the 3.3 million people who die each year from air pollution, has caused the cloture of nuclear plants in two major industrial nations, and has accelerated the collapse of the planetary atmosphere to unprecedented levels.

    We are on a course in 2013 to exceed 2012 for the second worst year ever recorded at Mauna Loa, and is also on track to exceed 1998 - when the rote anti-nuke Joe Romm was running the climate office - as the worst year ever.

    I've been reviewing the data weekly.   February 2013, and March 2013 were the worst February and March ever recorded for increases in dangerous fossil fuel waste over the same months in the previous year.

    The good news is that I won't be able to make that Joe Romm joke anymore, because 2013 will be the worst year ever.   The bad news is stuff like famines, floods, mass extinctions, etc, but that's minor compared to the joy of not having that joke around anymore.

    This week we're at 398.41 ppm.   At this rate, we're likely to exceed 400 ppm this year.

    I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful anti-nuke friends for pointing out that someone someday might die from Fukushima and also to congratulate them on their grand, if literally pyrrhic, victory.

    Heckuva job.

    There is nothing that nuclear energy, the best form of primary energy ever discovered, can do at this point.    Fear and ignorance have won.    But thanks for telling us about this tiny finger in the dike, even if the dike is broken everywhere else.

    •  I guess you're ok with burying (1+ / 0-)
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      the waste in your backyard.

      "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now." -B. Dylan

      by S F Hippie on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 10:11:17 AM PDT

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      •  I am. Bring it on! (6+ / 0-)

        Waste from nuclear power plants would be, if I were a cynical SOB, what I'd put out there to distract anti-nukes from real issues with problems around nuclear energy. No one has died from nuclear waste from a nuclear power plant, not even at Chernobyl, not even from Fukushima, despite pages of lies here on the DK that the "Fuel Ponds are on fire!". Didn't happen, ever.

        High Level Waste can and is recycled. Not in the US, but in smarter, more energy consciousness nations like France and Russia (and soon to be S. Korea and China).

        Dr. Isaac Asimov: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny ...'"

        by davidwalters on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 10:16:44 AM PDT

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      •  Nuclear waste is bad... (4+ / 0-)
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        ...but it's not as bad as global warming.

        I say, go heavy on the nukes. Maybe in the next 500 years, we can find a way to deal with the waste. If not, we just have to sit on it.

        But global warming is really bad. Most risks are unknown, and the ones we do know look nasty.

      •  Absolutely. Unlike the dangerous fossil fuel (2+ / 0-)
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        waste that all of our anti-nukes dump into the flesh of human beings and other species, killing according to the World Health Organization 3.3 million people per year, used nuclear fuel hasn't killed a single fuckng person in this country in almost 60 years of commercial operation, unless you count all the coal, oil and gas burned by scientifically illiterate anti-nukes to run servers to post rhetoric claiming that used nuclear fuel is - at least in their imaginations - dangerous.

        I would be very pleased to work with used nuclear fuel.  I regard it as a precious resource, although I do recognize that the vast majority of humanity is too stupid to get it, and thus we will all - the innocent and the guilty alike - suffer the consequences.

        The famous climate scientist Jim Hansen - who ironically is admired by dumb anti-nukes here apparently because they are uninterested in what he says as opposed to their fantasies about what he says - has recently written that nuclear energy saves lives, by his accounting, 1.84 million over its current lifetime.

        In the current issue of the scientific journal Environmental Science and Technology he writes:

        Mortality. We calculate a mean value of 1.84 million human deaths prevented by world nuclear power production from1971 to 2009 (see Figure 2a for full range), with an average of76 000 prevented deaths/year from 2000 to 2009 (range 19000−300 000). Estimates for the top five CO2 emitters, along with full estimate ranges for all regions in our baseline historical scenario, are also shown in Figure 2a. For perspective, results for upper and lower bound scenarios are shown in Figure S1(Supporting Information). In Germany, which has announced plans to shut down all reactors by 2022 (ref 2), we calculate that nuclear power has prevented an average of over 117 000deaths from 1971 to 2009 (range 29 000−470 000). The large ranges stem directly from the ranges given in Table 1 for the mortality factors
        Jim Hansen: Prevented Mortality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Historical and Projected Nuclear Power

        In my experience, there are zero anti-nukes who have ever opened a science book, never mind a scientific journal.

        That's a shame, because according to Hansen, with modest nuclear investments, we could save another 7 or 8 million lives in short order simply by expanding nuclear power by modest amounts.

        The subtext is, reading between the lines, that anti-nukism is murder.

        But nuclear energy will not be allowed to save lives; it will not be expanded.  The fear and ignorance of the anti-nuke cults have won the day.   Please see my original post describing what their ignorance and the associated deadly waste dumping that anti-nukism has done to the planetary atmosphere.

        Congratulations anti-nuke.   You must be very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very proud.

        Have a wonderful evening.

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