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Those are all reasonable concerns you put forth dirtguy. I can not help, but notice you leave out some major parts to your analogy however.
1. Are we not in danger of destroying the earths climate "Global Warming" in the much more immediate future if we do not act on reducing greenhouses gasses? 500,000 years seems a bit dramatic when we have been told if we do not make sizable decreases in greenhouse gasses we need not worry about human beings in a few hundred years, let alone a thousand or ten thousand. If you do not believe in human caused global warming, that is fine for the purpose of this discussion and you would not be alone in that belief. That would explain your lack of urgency on this matter, if you do not see any danger by not drastically reducing greenhouse gasses then yes I get your reluctance to go nuclear.
2. Nuclear waste certainly is not to be taken lightly, but what about the current coal ash with _radioactive_ particulate that is not contained by glass or by any other means? Instead it is free to spread through the environment by the billions of tons worldwide each year. From your analogy above it is kind of like your car leaking invisible gas that goes around killing, except this is no analogy, toxic coal ash is already here by the billions of tons and growing and growing and growing.
Your points and analogy on their own make perfect sense, however when we understand the whole picture, nuclear looks far better than the current alternatives which are:
- Keep burning coal and spiting out greenhouse gasses, toxic metals, and_ radioactive _particulate to meet our demand.
- Watch the world heat up to the point of extinct species, maybe even humans because we do not take Al Gores warnings seriously and cut greenhouse gasses now!
Nuclear is the only current source that can replace coal and fossil fuel by any appreciable measure. That is a trade I would make in a New York minute. Sweden, Japan, France, Germany all understand this, have all increased nuclear power production, are less dependent on fossil fuel, and produce far less greenhouse gases because of it.
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