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Re: Radiation.

But it's not like we haven't made huge strides towards dealing with the waste. Between reactors recycling fuel to better vitrification techniques of the waste it does produce, there's no comparison between where we are now on this issue and where we were several decades ago (when environmental concerns were barely raised in any industry). So just because we don't have the perfect plan now doesn't necessarily mean that we won't.

And who knows, with technological advancements, maybe the entire scope of the nuclear reactor will change radically. Take, for example, the concept of thorium (as opposed to uranium or uranium/plutonium) reactors. This theoretical technology would produce NO WASTE, would be structurally incapable of a chain reaction meltdown (one could simply pull the plug if things went wrong and it would stay contained). Perhaps our focus should be more in this direction in the long run (over the next three to five generations of our species, assuming we make it that long), but we still have to deal with rising electricity consumption for the nearer term somehow.

Apr 25, 2011, 20:15


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