yeah sure 15 seiverts per hour will be an often fatal dose in 15 minutes, fine
How many hours are you going to survive in an oven that's 400 degrees?
No shit there's going to be an amount of radiation that causes acute radiation poisoning inside a fucking reactor
It may surprise you to hear that I'm a research chemist and I use radioisotope labeling! I know what happened at Fukushima. It was a low-probability event.
The public is terrified of 'radiation' to an extent that far strips its actual ability to cause harm in almost any situation. That outliers guide policy is because people can't assess risk worth shit.
On the other hand, potential for massive exclusion zones for decades/hundreds of years near dense urban centers is a bit of a problem.
Then there's the whole 'it's usually a massive boondoggle where tax/rate payers finance most of the cost of building and cleanup while profits are privatized'.
Also fun are places like san onofre that utilities charge customers for years of lost -future- profits when something goes wrong.
I think what you have to ask yourself is, what do the insurance companies know that I don't? Because dear Blaze, none will insure these plants. If not for the American taxpayer filling that role, not a plant would be functioning right now.
There is certainly insurance for nuclear plants, but the coverage is only partial because if something goes wrong it would cost a very large amount.
None of this changes the fact that the odds of something going wrong are low. It's the plane trip versus car ride risk assessment writ large.
I am referring to the Price-Anderson Act. Do look into that.
Hey, I love nuclear power. I just feel we need a new type of animal to actually operate the plants. The homo sapiens are fine for some tasks, but not this one. Consider Japan's nuke program. Arguably the most technologically advanced country on earth. They make better cars than us, along with a lot else. Yet, I could tell you some ear burning stories about plant accidents and mishaps there. You have no idea.
I actually did look at the Price-Anderson act before my initial response to you, and I don't think it really supports your point, but I'm not a lawyer and don't know the ins and outs.
I will clarify here: I am not actually in favor of nuclear power as some sort of perfect option. I'd prefer wind. What I'm not in favor of is shuttering plants as a reaction to a disaster and then relying on imported fossil fuels to make up the difference.
I have a friend who has a friend who is a nuclear energy "nuke energy is free and clean and Jesus douches with it fuck solar wind alternative GIVE ME YOUR FUCKING NUKE MONEY GIMME GIMME YOU UNIRRADIATED GARBAGE STOP CHALLENGING NUKE JESUS" type of guy, and I look forward to sharing this video.
I prefer climate change deniers to nuke shills.
Fuck, it's still smoking/steaming four years later.
it will be steaming for decades/centuries as long as there's some water.
parts of Chernobyl's corium are still semi-molten.
What a weird way to spin this! If I'd written this piece, the tone would be something like "Wow we can see inside a still-hot nuclear reactor, isn't this cool?" rather than "complex electronics burn when exposed to a lot of high-energy events and heat." Yeah, no shit. Thanks, concerned-sounding borderline-yelling news man.
So basically when we reach the point of being able to develop 100% rad-hard robots, that's when M.A.D. becomes a moot point and the missiles fly.
It's true. Fear of protecting our precious robots has been the only thing preventing nuclear war for 60 years.
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