We Strain at Gnats


The events in Japan of this past week have the turd-throwers, mountebanks and cranks in full throat.  Thanks to the earthquake and tsunami, according to this morning’s news, over 8,000 people are known dead, 12,000 more are unaccounted for and the land is laid waste.  Yet the only thing the news media can froth about is the atomic power plant where the death toll is zero.

In the USA, we are about to go through another bought of hand-wringing and doom-saying as we once again dither about atomic power.  And while we do, our coal-fired plants disgorge their ruinous effluents, coal miners die by the score and our biosphere is ravaged.

Clearly, we strain at gnats while swallowing camels.

Well, dear readers, if you are going to take a position on atomic power, you should at least know what’s going on in the industry.  After all, Japan’s benighted reactors were designed some 50-odd years ago.  Please check out the following links.

http://web.mit.edu/pebble-bed/papers1_files/PBReactors.pdf

http://web.mit.edu/pebble-bed/Presentation/HTGRSafety.pdf

http://www.gen-4.org/Technology/systems/vhtr.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorium_fuel_cycle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integral_Fast_Reactor

https://inlportal.inl.gov/portal/server.pt/directory/nrc_published_material/2656?DirMode=1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_reprocessing

http://www.scientiapress.com/findings/sea-based.htm

http://www.miller-mccune.com/science-environment/the-salt-mine-solution-3797/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRfdPzkFSSE&feature=related

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/reaction/interviews/till.html

And remember that today, France gets about 75% of its electricity from atomic power plants.

-Merlin-

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