Saving the planet from climate change…with nuclear power.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/03/world/nuclear-energy-climate-change-scientists/

To some people this sounds crazy, but funnily enough it isn’t.

I mean what the hell is environmentally friendly about nuclear energy and the nuclear waste it creates?

Hold on, let me charge my iPhone.

Hold on, let me charge my iPhone.

Well, as a matter of fact, scientists are claiming it to be a much better alternative than the average coal power plant.

BUT MIGUEL WHAT ABOUT THE RADIATIONSS.

Well, yeah, there’s that. But with proper safety protocols, we can properly store the waste and minimize the dangers of a meltdown.

And that’s absolutely nothing when you can compare it to the dangers of the metric tons of gases being pumped into the atmosphere by coal plants. And those, we can’t store.

Nuclear power is more efficient and affordable. From almost every logistical standpoint, they are a better choice than coal.

BUT MIGUEL WHAT ABOUT THE RADIATIONSS

Yes, that’s dangerous. We had the thing with Fukishima, right? Well did you guys know about the other nuclear reactor, closer to the epicenter of the earthquake…that did NOT get screwed up?

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/08/how_tenacity_a_wall_saved_a_ja.html

Why? Well, you see, the designer felt that bureaucrats were “human trash” and fought to get the seawall of the reactor built 5 times higher than regulation required.

Yes, there is danger. But we can totally handle those dangers. (Gotta update those regulations)

You don’t stop driving because you can crash, you put on a seat-belt, make sure your air-bag works, and don’t start speeding, texting, drinking, etc.

BUT MIGUEL WHAT ABOUT THE RADIATIONSS

…okay.

Let’s go back a little.

What’s so scary about a nuclear power plant?

The word “nuclear” probably jumps up at people and we start thinking of large scale energy explosions.

But how about we take another look at how power plants operate:

A coal power plant? You burn coal, boil water with the heat, and the steam spins a turbine that generates electricity.

A nuclear power plant? You use nuclear energy, boil water with the heat, and the steam spins a turbine that generates electricity.

You're boiling water.

You’re boiling water. Boiling. Water.

Nothing magical about it.

BUT MIGUEL WHAT ABOUT THE RADIATIONS

OKAY WHAT’S YOUR GREAT IDEA?

Let the use of carbon fuels ruin the environment and die out in a few decades?

Cause I wouldn’t be down for that.

We could build an army of windmills and solar panels…but that would be such a much larger project than building a few nuclear power plants (remember, they are more efficient at energy creation!)

And there’s that whole argument that, right now, the creation/assembly of materials for windmills and solar panels being so harmful to the environment that it takes years for them to break even in what they save us from.

I’m sure those options will have their play in the future, I like them too. But for now, let’s be rational human beings and agree that nuclear power is probably the cleanest, most affordable, and doable way of getting our energy without totally wrecking the planet.

PS. Go green! URANIUM GREEN.

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One thought on “Saving the planet from climate change…with nuclear power.

  1. mjpwoodruff

    This was a fun read, so I liked it for that, but it’s also a really interesting idea, and maybe one that should be talked about more, because this is the first time I’ve heard of it. Pretty interesting, and certainly daunting, but if it works… I’m game for trying to screw up our planet in lesser amounts.

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