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#11010 of 11211 Re: Scientific Theories [Stever@Edmunds]
Jul 21, 2013 (11:54 am)
Chernobyl is like being worried about the safety of a 1930 Ford. TMI, bad accident, nobody hurt. Fukushima, don't put a reactor in a tsunami threat area. There are clearly risks, as there are with ALL power sources. Wind power? Kill thousands of threatened raptors. Solar? Cover thousands of square miles of wilderness with collectors, at huge cost.
#11011 of 11211 Re: Scientific Theories [texases]
Jul 21, 2013 (12:10 pm)
I'm with you. Natural gas as an interim to good clean safe Nuclear power. Reprocessing the fuel removes most of the storage risks. We need to get our heads out of the sand on energy. Wind and solar are purely tax havens and ripping off the public. Residential solar is fine and may or may not pay off. I don't think they will last the warranty period. And the homeowner will be SOL as the company will no longer exist. There are several solar arrays in my neighborhood that have all gone to pot. I will take pictures for the skeptics.
#11012 of 11211 Re: Scientific Theories [gagrice]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 21, 2013 (12:45 pm)
Maybe you'd like to store some of those "indestructible" tanks full of nuke waste on your acreage. (seattletimes.com).
Let me know when Price-Anderson gets repealed and that bit of corporate welfare goes away.
#11013 of 11211 Re: Scientific Theories [Stever@Edmunds]
Jul 21, 2013 (6:28 pm)
Those are weapons grade nuclear waste site. Not nuclear energy waste. That is not on my list of possible places to move. However they are protected as you pointed out by the Price-Anderson Act passed by a totally Democrat controlled Congress and signed by a president that was not sure if he was a Democrat or Republican.
As far as the people in the vicinity of Hanford. They live there on their own free will. That complex has been a nuclear site since I was born in 1943. Is it safe? Probably not real safe. The real question is what is safe. You walk across the street and get hit by a car you could be dead. That means that was an unsafe place to be for you at that moment. I would take my chances living near Hanford over any of the major cities in America.
#11014 of 11211 Re: Scientific Theories [Stever@Edmunds]
Jul 21, 2013 (6:31 pm)
Don't eat any salmon out of the Columbia or it's tributaries.
#11015 of 11211 Re: Scientific Theories [gagrice]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jul 21, 2013 (7:03 pm)
Ditto the streams around Oak Ridge or Monroe MI or Westmoreland PA or Briadwood IL....
Really though, I don't know why Greenpeace and the rest spend so much time and money fighting nukes. About the time everyone gets complacent, another accident happens and swings more public opinion against nukes. Looks like we're averaging about 3 or 4 major ones a decade now since the 50s. (Wiki).
#11016 of 11211 Re: Scientific Theories [Stever@Edmunds]
Jul 21, 2013 (8:13 pm)
And I bet the total loss of life from all of them is less than the lives lost in one year from coal mining and use. We really need to understand the risks of all the sources we use.
#11017 of 11211 Re: Scientific Theories [Stever@Edmunds]
Jul 21, 2013 (8:30 pm)
My fish today is limited to Costco fresh Tilapia from farms in Costa Rica. I miss my seared Ahi. Just not worth the risk. Canned Tuna is a rarity in our diet. And it was pole caught off the NW coast. Last salmon we had my son brought us. He says Alaska salmon fishing is in the toilet due to commercial limits being raised too high. I need to get my aquaponics system up and running to have safe food to eat. GW is the very LEAST of our problems.
#11019 of 11211 Re: Coldest summer on record?? [gagrice]
Aug 03, 2013 (7:43 pm)
And on the other side of the Equator, equally devastating news. We are headed for an ice age, and I blame it on all the yokels driving Prius.
Exclusive: Frost damages nearly fifth of Brazil sugar cane crop: analyst
Wednesday Jul 31, 2013 | Reese Ewing for Reuters
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Last week's frosts in southern Brazil damaged nearly a fifth of the unharvested cane crop in the principal growing region, an event likely to cut sugar exports from the world's largest producer, agriculture research company Datagro said Wednesday.
Severe early morning frosts on July 24 and 25 in three of Brazil's top sugar-cane states devastated large areas, Datagro President Plinio Nastari told Reuters. The cold blight comes at the peak the crushing season when more than half of Brazil's expected record 590-million-tonne crop remains unharvested.
Although Nastari was unable to say how much mill-output will drop or reduce a global sugar glut that has pushed prices to three-year lows, he said 65 million metric tons, or 18 percent of the cane standing uncut in fields was damaged by the frost.
Frost in tropical Brazil has long been a weather risk for global coffee markets. This frost, though, is the first in recent history that threatens to significantly cut sugar output and it's impact will likely extend into the next harvest too.