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Sizewell nuclear power station. (www.sxc.hu/photo/867391)

Maybe this is a good place to start. This article is easy to read and adds several links in it about nuclear power.

http://www.darvill.clara.net/altenerg/nuclear.htm

I do, however,  suspect this article may have been posted by those in favor of Nuclear Power.  It is paragraphs like the next one that leads me to think this:

“Should I worry about nuclear power?

Nuclear power stations are not atomic bombs waiting to go off, and are not prone to “meltdowns”.
There is a lot of U-238 in there slowing things down – you need a high concentration of U-235 to make a bomb.
If the reactor gets too hot, the control rods are lowered in and it cools down.
If that doesn’t work, there are sets of emergency control rods that automatically drop in and shut the reactor down completely.”

Really? Don’t you just wish ? So all you have to do is lower a few rods in case of an emergency and a Nuclear Reactor is good to go. Don’t you wonder why the Japanese Power authorities don’t know this? Odd.  Anyway, I guess Nuclear Power is  easy enough to use. But to be fair this same article mentions a slight  draw back to Nuclear power as it asks the question again-Should I worry-?:

“So should I worry? I think the answer is so long as things are being done properly, I don’t need to worry too much. The bit that does worry me is the small amount of high-level nuclear waste from power stations. Although there’s not much of it, it’s very, very dangerous and we have no way to deal with it apart from bury it and wait for a few thousand years…”

You see?  So as  long as we bury this radioactive waste material in your back yard I ‘m good to go. What? Oh…you want to bury this radioactive waste in someone Else’s backyard. Well there is a saying that everything has a price, that everything is for sale. So maybe we could find some place poor enough, or perhaps there is  a place divorced from reality enough, to take this radioactive waste for some sort of payments.  The trouble is I’m thinking the paying will never stop for everyone on this planet if we continue to  stock-pile radioactive  Nuclear Power Waste into holes we dig around the world.

Native Americans ask  a simple question when it comes to what a current generation should or shouldn’t do: they ask if it is certain what any generation does will be good for the next seven generations? It’s a simple question, one easy to ask and usually one easy to answer.  Native Americans think if the answer to this question in any given situation is Yes!-then it’s time to put on day-glow paint and have a dancing party. If the answer to this question is No!, as is the case with Nuclear Power waste, then the current generation should not mess with what ever they are thinking about doing. When it comes to Nuclear Power- say Hello to NO.

So what would happen if we did decide to ditch Nuclear Power because the use of it is innately insane? For those who don’t think so I suggest you put on your best suit and go to help out in Northern Japan’s now blown Nuclear  Reactor site-be sure to get some milk to bring home for your children while you are there too. Anyway, since many Nuclear Power sites have been built either  on fault lines or near them around the world I have at least a bit of skepticism when it comes to trusting the brain child’s of these developments. Still, what would be the problems if we ditched this power source itself, rather than just the forever radioactive waste it produces?

1) We would have a substantial need to replace the power this type of power produces. Here’s a few facts:

As of March 1, 2011, there were 443 operating nuclear power reactors spread across the planet in 47 different countries. In 2009 alone, atomic energy accounted for 14 percent of the world’s electrical production. Break that down to the individual country and the percentage skyrockets as high as 76.2 percent for Lithuania and 75.2 for France. In the United States, 104 nuclear power plants supply 20 percent of the electricity overall, with some states benefiting more than others.*

2) Other ways we now produce power are more immediately polluting to our atmosphere than Nuclear Power seems to be when it doesn’t melt down.

3)There are more than a few lobbyists working for the use of this power source in the US Congress:

“Over 10 years, the industry has spent $1 million per every U.S. Senator and Representative, plus another $100 million for the White House, courts and media.”**

Possible Answers:

1)Over all it is estimated Nuclear Power accounts for 6% of the total worlds production of power. But, as it is noted above, some individual countries depend on it plenty. So we have to replace this loss of power by cutting back on the power we use-maybe lights out a ten for one radical idea.  The answer here is for the US to step up and lead the world in producing smart technologies for solar, wind and hydro power.

2) Pollution, the kind we can see, is one point advocates of Nuclear Power harp on when they say this universal killing threat is a good idea. The US needs to enforce emission bills now tabled or pushed aside to later dates in Congress. Emission standards must be better and in place if we are to attempt replacing Nuclear Power with existing power producing technologies.  Again, one answer waiting to be recognized is simple. The US needs to step up and lead the world in producing smart technologies for solar, wind and hydro power.

3) Here’s the rub: money. Isn’t this always the case. Find out why one mafia guy killed another and it usually comes down to money right? I’m afraid it isn’t much different when we start talking about billions of dollars being produced by the Nuclear Power  business or by any other power source business  for that matter. Human life, it seems, has a price tag after all.  The only answer here is for people to get in the streets as they did just last week in Germany and make people stop, listen and perhaps turn around some basic country platforms. Here in America I read  one hundred thousand people protested in Washington this month about workers rights to bargain. Sure, it’s a different issue, sort of. But mobilized people can make a difference. I know-I lived through the Vietnam protest era.

So the sooner people realize  when it comes to Nuclear Power it is the Waste-read my words: it is the Waste- the better off we will all be (But for a few billion lobbyists). Of course, the melt downs are no picnic and these occurrences make this source of power simply off the charts when it comes down to the real cost of it to Humanity.

Ben Franklin was a smart guy. He said it best:  “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Let’s shut down Nuclear power before it shut downs us as a people.

Franque.

*http://www.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-power.htm

**http://www.alternet.org/environment/145813/nuclear_energy%27s_comeback_is_fueled_by_lobbying_dollars,_not_by_safer_or_better_technology/


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