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The negatives are serious

the long half life of the toxic spent fuel, the danger of having widespread targets for terrorists, the cost of errors.

I personally feel that we can address the USE of power a lot easier that we can the generation. I think we could cut the amount we really need to a fraction, if we move into a more disciplined usage pattern.

And, if I am going to be optimistic, I think there are discoveries that may be available, even today. If we can be so inventive with drilling for oil and gas, why can't we tap the geothermal source? A constant, never ending source of heat, without any toxic byproduct, that is available everywhere. Massive investment? Maybe, but compared to WHAT? Geothermal could provide ALL the heat we use to be comfortable, in any weather, and what would happen tot he sources we have now for solar?

Anyway, I'm seriously nervious about not only accidents, like Japans issues, but also the determined efforts of people to destroy our world, and the "genie in the bottle" has always been too tempting

(In response to this post by BACKinBLACK)

Posted: 03/29/2016 at 10:02AM


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This has been my position for a while now. -- BACKinBLACK 03/28/2016 9:04PM
  I'm not against it. -- Portland 03/29/2016 12:13PM
  I agree, but reducing demand and CO2 emissions -- BACKinBLACK 03/29/2016 5:02PM
  Read the link in your article -- BarkingDogBuff 03/29/2016 7:27PM
  A two hundred fifty thousand year half life means -- buffdad 03/30/2016 12:29AM
  Yes, recycling the fuel. -- BACKinBLACK 03/29/2016 8:59PM
  This article -- BarkingDogBuff 03/29/2016 10:58PM
  Good idea, but it would suck if the rocket failed. ** -- BACKinBLACK 03/29/2016 6:32PM
  This is the issue! ...not to mention the cost -- BarkingDogBuff 03/29/2016 7:29PM
  A half life of 1M or 700 My in the case of U -- BACKinBLACK 03/30/2016 7:17PM
  The negatives are serious -- buffdad 03/29/2016 10:02AM
  The problem is getting "buy in", of course -- DB 03/29/2016 09:04AM
  I've been there as well -- cswilliam 03/29/2016 08:46AM