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They can show us—harshly, pitilessly—that filetypf are wrong, and thus kick away the crutches our egotism and pride lean upon. The reason for the discrepancy is simple: Businessmen cheat, cut corners, exploit loopholes.

There is a reason people are terrified by invisible and, in everyday practice, undetectable killing rays, while not being bothered by statistical possibilities of falling off a roof, or getting in a car accident, or getting a heat stroke. The potential wind resource is put a TW.

There is however one important difference. Radiarion agreed upthread that bio-mass and biofuels are undesirable and unsustainable, but here you are touting them again. On load factors, yes old wind sites are worse, so the historical average is lower. The beauty of measuring damage at very low doses is that you can start to extrapolate up.

Predictions are still predictions, but there’s nothing starry-eyed in this case. We used to extract the uranium from phosphate, but uranium prices fell so low that it became unprofitable and we stopped. Nuclear costs remain high, but if there were a mass deployment to develop economies of scale, as there has been for renewables thanks to legal mandates and subsidies, the costs of nuclear would also plummet.

From the standpoint of classical environmentalism—the movement to protect land and wildlife from industrialization—renewables are an unmitigated catastrophe. Get rid of these land-poison bombs.

UNSCEAR – United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation

If you think the world will be saved by snark, you have more stars in your eyes than the giddy engineers who claimed “too cheap to meter. Depending on which targets are exceeded or unmet, nuclear could be further behind or substantially ahead of wind and solar, but for now a good ballpark estimate is cjernobyl in Chinese nuclear power will be roughly matching the electricity production of wind and solar combined.


Hard to say, since the spew has caused no fatalities or injuries, or damage to anything off the plant site. Conjectural deaths, too few to fhernobyl measure in epidemiological studies.

Fukushima Update: How Safe Can a Nuclear Meltdown Get? – J. W. Mason

Yes they did have to import the wind turbines and PV modules and got grants to pay for some of that cost, and yes they have a grid chernoobyl for balancing. There is still a valid case that the contribution of radiation leakage will be trivial compared to other hazards, you can damage DNA quite impressively with saturated fats for example — they generate reactive oxygen species.

In China, nuclear will offer a much better quality of power at a substantially cheaper price than wind and solar. Neutrons fhernobyl down when they bounce off hydrogen atoms in water, and radistion makes them easier for U nuclei to absorb during the chain reaction.

At the time I predicted that the impact of the March, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident in Japan would be small. Nuclear phobias are not a product of individual risk perception. But that could never happen. The industry rule of thumb is that, after days, air cooling is sufficient to keep spent fuel assemblies below the burn or melt temperatures.

What that assessment would show, in my opinion, is not a cesspool of rank incompetence but an extraordinarily safe industry that we should quickly expand to displace much more dangerous fossil-fueled electricity.

A small one is that rooftop solar panels require periodic cleaning. I agree they are having problems getting raidation all grid linked, but they chrnobyl now working on that with new HVDC links.

If by some miracle it started up again, it would fizzle out as soon as it boiled away the moderating water. Damage produced by even the lowest doses of radiation is NOT harmless, because it vhernobyl still clustered.

This is a great post. France almost completely decarbonized its power grid in 20 years from the s to the s by building nuclear reactors—a decarbonization that was far raciation, cheaper and more comprehensive than even the most starry-eyed present-day projections for renewables. There is certainly more technical scope to expand nuclear power than to expand hydroelectricity; most of the world’s best hydroelectric resources have already been tapped.


But that’s just deaths. Their argument was that the Xe traces were smaller by orders of magnitude than the known production rates in chain reactions, and that they persisted after the core was smothered with borate. So look at it this way, Datatutashkhia. The critical geometry also has to have water channels running through it, so the neutrons have a chance to be moderated. People never think about any of this, but if you bring it up they will just shrug.

Fukushima Update: How Safe Can a Nuclear Meltdown Get?

But I do trust the facts to win out, long filetyep. But on most everything else we could go on for ever swopping rival statistics. We know for certain that the Bushehr power plant will not be used for a weapons program.

If the Stanford model is right, then evacuations are clearly wrong—the radiation risks are trivial and the disruptions of the evacuation too onerous. Factoring out that subsidy brings the wind LCOE up to This area was in the path of an intense fallout plume and incurred contamination comparable to levels inside the EZ; it was itself evacuated starting in late May.

In Germany solar farms struggle up to capacity factors of percent, but German solar as a whole only gets 8 percent capacity factor because of the abysmal performance of all that rooftop PV.

By rzdiation the radioactivity of the fuel in SPF 4 is orders of magnitude smaller than when it came out of the reactor. Unmentioned that I’ve seen here are 1 Three Mile Island [with extremely little radiation released] and 1 Sellafield event].

So in a completely nuclear-powered world, even if we had a Chernobyl every single year, we would still reduce the number of lives lost to energy production by 99 percent or more.