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The Case for Nuclear Energy
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I've recently been reacquainting myself with some of the writings of Sci-Fi author, James P. Hogan, who is an outspoken advocate of Nuclear Energy. Hogan, in his essay "Know Nukes" has made some very compelling arguments in support of building more plants, while convincingly dispelling the fear mongering negative claims by the opposition.

And a great link provided by Raymond Duray that sums up many of the same points Hogan discusses:

In fact, Hogan goes so far as to accuse the anti-nuke leadership of actually having "Mathusianist" intentions, seeking to deprive developing nations of the unlimited and relatively inexpensive energy resources so necessary to forming the foundation of a industialize society.

It is his very logical contention that Nuclear Energy has far less actual, or potential, environmental impact on nature or society than does the use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, or natural gas.

So the purpose of this thread is to argue the case for, and against, the expanded use of Nuclear Energy as a means for powering our society. I think it is especially important given the current persistent power shortages being experienced in California as a direct result of the NIMBY mindset created by the environmentalist left.

This is a moderated thread, so I retain the ultimate discretion as to who is able to participate. My ground rules are pretty simple. If you are going to make a claim, be willing to back it up with logic or outright supported fact.

My goal is that we can ultimately provide a resource for educating folks about what it takes to power a modern day society, as well as the constant cost/benefit analysis involved in making public policy decision about energy.

Here are some selected links that I find useful with regard to educating ourselves about nuclear power. I will update them from time to time so check in for changes: (% of power generated by nukes)

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305Dispelling the Myths of Nuclear Energy [youtube video] youtube.comTimF1September 9
304[graphic] xkcd.comTimF2August 22
303Beijing Makes a Big Long-term Bet on Nuclear Power By: John S. Van Oudenaren jaTimF-August 18
302Germany to Keep Last Three Nuclear-Power Plants Running in Policy U-Turn Move pTimF1August 16
301Facing Energy Crisis, Germans, Warily, Give Nuclear a Second Look For three decTimF1August 14
300And this was the worst nuclear accident in history ----------------- Madi HillyTimF1August 14
299US regulators will certify first small nuclear reactor design NuScale will get tTimF3July 31
298Japan to have up to nine nuclear reactors operational by winter: PM Nine nucleaTimF2July 15
297This Google TechTalk lays out the history of thorium and molten salt reactors atCondo-July 4
296Are you sure there was a thorium reactor at Oak Ridge? Looking at the first couTimF-July 3
295A Thorium reactor ran just fine at Oak Ridge back in the day. No cooling tower TimF1July 3
294"This isn’t the only way of building a reactor, and many experts think thaCondo1July 2
293Why are nuclear power construction costs so high? Part I constructionphysics.subTimF1July 2
292Finland’s Green Party endorses nuclear power By Mark Lynas May 23, 2022 In a hisTimF3May 23
291Defense Department Sets Out to Build Miniature Nuclear Reactor, Again TimF1April 19
290Nuclear Propulsion In Space 1968 NERVA Manned Mars mission NASA video [youtube vTimF-March 19
289The (Surprising) Truth About Nuclear Waste It’s not green, it’s not a liquid, anTimF-February 1
288...With nuclear power, we’d have had far more space activity by now. Without itTimF1January 31
287"It remains a cataclysmic shame that excessive concerns about radiation haTimF2January 13
286Spent Nuclear Fuel Transportation Container Accident Testing [youtube video] youTimF-12/14/2021
285France and China are building them. But unfortunately in Germany, and to a lessTimF211/12/2021
284France To Build New Nuclear Reactors For The First Time In Decades zerohedge.coTom Clarke-11/12/2021
283China is planning at least 150 new reactors in the next 15 years, more than the TimF111/10/2021
282This Alaskan Air Base Will Host An Experimental Mini Nuclear Reactor The militarTimF110/25/2021
281Embracing Nuclear Power [youtube video] youtube.comTimF28/7/2021
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