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Offline craig

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Re: Nuclear Power
« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2009, 10:17:40 AM »
A hundred years of nuclear energy (the absolute minimum predicted) would still be better than our other options.

I've included a picture of our other options below.



Go nuke or go live in a cave.

Luckily, this conversation has not descended into meaningless hyperbole ::)
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Re: Nuclear Power
« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2009, 07:10:42 PM »
Well, that picture is a picture of visable light, which is probably going to be part of the equation, and wind is invisable so I guess it could be a picture of wind and light.

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Re: Nuclear Power
« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2009, 11:15:46 PM »
I think its a picture of Hanes head.
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Re: Nuclear Power
« Reply #35 on: April 25, 2009, 10:48:30 AM »
I found something for the Rouges to talk about. From Sci American.

Will the U.S. Ever Need to Build Another Coal or Nuclear Power Plant?
The new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission doesn't think so


This stuff makes me mad...are we going to go another 30 years without building one New Nuclear Plant while the rest of the world continues to build increasing advanced (and less "waste" producing) plants all over the place?
I don't understand how many of the biggest alarmists about Climate Change can be so quick to dismiss Nuclear Power. They don't get enough crap for that in my opinion, or for basically halting Nuclear Power Development (in the US) 30 years ago, we wouldn't be in such a dire situation now.
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Re: Nuclear Power
« Reply #36 on: April 25, 2009, 01:09:04 PM »
I found something for the Rouges to talk about. From Sci American.

Will the U.S. Ever Need to Build Another Coal or Nuclear Power Plant?
The new chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission doesn't think so


Awfully optimistic if you ask me, and factually wrong in some cases.

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You can't ramp up and ramp down a nuclear plant. And if you have instead the ability to ramp up and ramp down loads in ways that can shape the entire system, then the old concept of baseload becomes an anachronism."

As I used to operate  a nuc plant, I may count as a half assed expert.  Once the plant is up and running the amount of power produced is very flexible.  Shutting it down completely and starting back up can take a day or two but while its running you can go from 5% to 100% in minutes.  Or anywhere in between.  Depending on the design of course.