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Chernobyl Revisited 20 Years Later

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Chernobyl Revisited 20 Years Later. The downside of nuclear energy.
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Male, 18-29, Southern US
 606 Posts
Wednesday, January 2, 2008 9:22:18 PM
Nuclear energy is clean and efficient and a lot safer than you think. much of the rest of the world has adopted it, certainly at a higher rate than the states.

Your children will not know what glaciers are, it will be too unsafe for us in the near future to actually go to the beach like we used to, let alone your childrem, if you continue to use coal and oil.

Solar is expensive as hell and wind is horribly inefficient (and thus also expensive). Although both are far more suitable than coal and oil.

Nuclear is the future. The rest of the industrialized word is there. We're waiting on you, america.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 2124 Posts
Wednesday, January 2, 2008 2:26:34 PM
makes me think of Call of Duty 4......

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 4 Posts
Sunday, August 26, 2007 9:30:26 PM
yeah, double post, but i don't care.

Anyway, to dredge up and burn all the coal and natural gas in a conventional plant will still create more pollution and problems then people claim nuclear power will. It doesn`t use up any more concreat and other nonsense then any other project, and spent fuel is now sent to places like they Yucca Mountain facility, or are stored on site. Newer nuclear fuels with longer half lives are being used. This means that it dies slower (requiring less fuel, and therefore produces less waste). a long half life also means that LESS raditation is given off. while it may take a thousand years to die, you would need to stand there for a hundreds of years for it to hurt you.

Micro-generation is a failed concept, however. it is not possible for each structure to make its own power. a mini solar panel on a house, even with a windmill, could never create the elctricity you need to run your home, it could only supplment it. Its also no good for citys.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 4 Posts
Sunday, August 26, 2007 9:18:34 PM
Unfortuneately, the nuclear power debate is dominated by ignorance of nuclear power, and this report is no different. as has been said repeatedly, it was a man ,ade incident. people pushed the wrong buttons, and the reactor itself was poorly constructed. Equivalent western reactors were far safer. Chernobyl could never happen in a modern nuclear reactor. The deaths and sicknesses are also greatly exagerated. Only 50 people have died from chernyobyl(mostly the workers), and the thousands of deaths (which were predicted from the start) have never happened.
That said, Nuclear reactors produce only steam and a small amount of nuclear waste, making them eco-friendly. A nuclear plant takes up a small amount of space as well. You would need to devastate THOUSANDS of miles worth of land to install windmills and solar pannels to equal the power of the average coal/nuclear plant, which may only take up a square mile on average. On this land, a nuclear plant can create more power than co

Female, 13-17, Europe
 224 Posts
Saturday, August 25, 2007 7:25:32 PM
We had to do Chernobyl for a Science project. Even just reading about it online was really upsetting. It was quite hard doing the project.

Things are slowly progressing, but still..

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