What's your opinion on nuclear power?
My opinion is that is sounds nice on the surface, but I see it as a short term solution that creates many very long term problems... only one of which I'll cover hear due to this article I just read...Nuclear waste piling up at U.S. hospitals
Tubes, capsules and pellets of used radioactive material are piling up in the basements and locked closets of hospitals and research installations around the country, stoking fears they could get lost or, worse, stolen by terrorists and turned into dirty bombs.
Mind you, this is just hospital waste that has no place to go. Where on Earth would we put all the waste generated by nuclear power plants if it's decided that we need more nuclear power plants?!?! (I think there currently is a ban on creating new nuclear plants, but there are many talks about lifting that ban.) I don't know of anyone who would actually volunteer to have garbage stored in their backyard much less nuclear waste, so even if we build the plants, where will we put the waste?
I know the theory is that we'd bury all nuclear waste in a mountain somewhere like Yucca Mountain. Even if we do find a 100% safe place to store the nuclear waste (which isn't possible in the world we live in) that isn't in anyone's back yard, we still have to GET the waste to that storage place. Who wants to be driving down the freeway next to a semi full of spent nuclear fuel rods? Or have a train rolling by that contains nuclear waste? Or a plane flying over head with nuclear waste in it? We all know that cars, planes, and trains crash on occasion or on purpose with the help of sick individuals. Is this a risk we want to take?
Anywho, even though coal power is dirty, we have plenty of coal, it brings business to the railroads (YEAH!) and I think it's a much better idea to think of ways to scrub the exhaust from a coal fired plant than it is to build a very expensive nuclear plant and create a bigger problem for generations to come. Of course, I'd prefer that we get more of our power from alternate sources like the sun, wind, etc., but in the short term, I really don't think nuclear power is the way to go.
Ok... off my soapbox now.
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