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I'm with you on this issue melo. Nukes (in the long term anyway) are far too risky. Just because there hasn't been a major accident so far in Europe, doesn't mean there never will be. I doubt seriously Three Mile Island, Chernobyl or Fukushima were planned events. Nobody's got a crystal ball. Who knows for sure what will happen in the future? The nuke technology certainly hasn't proved to be fail safe. And then there is the huge dilemma of where to safely store the nuclear waste produced by this type of energy, which I don't believe has been fully or satisfactorily addressed either.

The saving grace is that there are alternatives, namely wind, solar, geothermal, etc. Should it be that TPTB decide that the incentives are ripe to switch to these alternative energies and move forward full throttle, both coal and nukes could be phased out.

While there's always been known knowns and unknown knowns, it's the unknown knowns that concern me most. And the possible ramifications of nuclear power use fall squarely in the latter category imo.

by sgr2 on Thu Jan 5th, 2012 at 10:55:36 AM EST
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