|05-31-2011, 06:40 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2010
So Germany will close all its nuclear plants and replace them with mostly coal and gas plants.
What do you think of this?
I find it a bit odd that nuclear plants will be replaced with coal plants, especially as the safety record for coal is far worse than for nuclear. I think the nuclear stories get blown up by the media because it is a new, "scary" technology, while coal is seen as old and safe.
|05-31-2011, 07:16 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2006
That seems rather backward, given that coal plants emit more dangerous radiation/pollutants than nuclear. I could see a shift to more geothermal, wind, solar, and energy efficiency, but would rather see modern, latest generation nuclear plants with all their safety features put in than coal/gas.
|05-31-2011, 08:22 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: New Hampshire
We need innovation! Clever ways of harnessing energy sources that go unused. Not the endless expansionism of a technocratic society mind you, but a smart way of using energy that otherwise goes to waste.
Mushrooms are another source of potential energy, as they are excellent at breaking down nearly any non biodegradable waste product (they eat oil!)
|06-04-2011, 08:33 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: France - Japan - Korea
This is one of the reasons why the anti-nuclear movement pisses me off. Work on a pro-solar, pro-tidal, pro-geothermal energies, work on new biofuels (bacterial fuels are IMO one of the most amazing fields of research at the moment), make something that works. No one gave up horses because they were bad for the environment. They gave up horses when they could use cars.
|06-04-2011, 10:51 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2008
A knee-jerk reaction, IMO. Germany does not have the risk of earthquakes anywhere near that of Japan. Going back to coal and gas does not look very promising.
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|06-05-2011, 10:08 AM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NEW ENGLAND!!!!!!!
I also think that since most governments fund a lot of energy companies could be a source of the lag in the alternatives....
I think turning away from nuclear energy is a fantastic idea....It is not a safe form of electricity. Ask the people in Fukishima about that... The people who had to be evacuated from the area and may not be able to go back home... To justify nuclear as being safe is rather dishonest.. There are no solutions for the waste....That was one of the bigger problems at Fukishima as it would be at any nuclear plant that got hit by a tidal wave after a big earth quake..
We have the technology... The money is going into the pockets of people who do not care about safe clean power..
I am not debating any more on this... This is my point of view, take it or leave it.
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