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Comment Re:This is what happens... (Score 1) 160

Just share with us the massive accidents and all the destruction coal plants have done.

OK. Here's a map of deaths per 100,000 population per year due to coal:

http://www.catf.us/fossil/prob...

As of 2004, coal is estimated to have been responsible for 24,000 deaths a year, down to 13,000 by 2010. By contrast, the IAEA and WHO estimate the total number of deaths from Chernobyl, not per year, but total, to be around 4,000:

http://www.who.int/mediacentre...

Happy to help.

Comment Re:This is what happens... (Score 3, Informative) 160

Seriously guys - it's people living in a fantasy world like the above poster that cause things like the waste being left in ponds instead of reprocessed and the remainder stored safely.

No, you learn some science.

I was speaking specifically of fast burner, or fast neutron reactors which are fuel reprocessing. The result of this reprocessing is short half-life isotopes that are far less of a long-term problem than existing waste.

Comment Re:This is what happens... (Score 5, Insightful) 160

Exactly. Thanks to the tireless efforts of NIMBYs and anti-nuke environmental activists, we are storing spent waste in absolutely the most dangerous possible way. The only silver lining to not having this stuff buried in Yucca Mountain is that we might finally get off our asses and start building fast burner reactors, and we can burn all the waste for power. We would get rid of all that nasty waste and replace it with far smaller amounts of waste with a much shorter half-life, and we would reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the same time.

Nah. Who am I kidding? We'll just let it sit there until there's a huge accident, and then blame science.

Comment Can't wait (Score 2) 381

Humans, by and large, are terrible at operating motor vehicles, and can't be removed from the road soon enoug. Unfortunately, I think it's pretty much a given that the Dunning Kruger effect is going to dominate here and the last people to have the steering wheels pried from their hands will be the worst drivers.

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