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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

NEWS: Why Nuclear is nuts

Tonight on the UK news, I forget which channel, maybe it was BBC's Newsnight, they mentioned a startling fact:

The Depot fire in Hertfordshire, if it burns all the fuel there, will spew 100,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. That is the equivalent of 1/4 of the UK's entire emissions for a whole day.

(Taken by Envisat)

Look at that picture. That is a lot of smoke...looks about 200 miles by 100 miles, although hard to tell. Thank god it has not landed yet...although it is now sinking to ground level. Over much of the south. Uh oh!

So, tangentially, what this all tells me is that the UK emissions would look 4 times as large. A cloud like that but 800 miles by 200 miles???!!!Almost the size of the UK itself??? Every day???!!! Sheesh!

The threat to the breathable atmosphere and groundwater is unknowable at this point.

And that is just a fuel fire.

Now imagine a plane has been crashed into a Nuclear power plant.

No explosion to speak of but imagine all that airline fuel forcing radioactive material up and out into the atmosphere. A dirty bomb.

Nuclear! No thanks! Would rather have energy rationing at say 30% less than I use right now than face the potential of a Nuclear disaster.

Oh sure, fans of Nuclear will say that the chances of the above happening are slim.

But that means there is a chance. And that sounds like suicide to me.



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Image taken without permission, sorry, from BBC and courtesy of Dundee University. Thanks Dundee!


At 9:19 AM, Anonymous Dan Bailey said...

That is the equivalent of 1/4 of the UK's entire emissions for a whole day

That's one of the most shocking things I've read in a long time!

At 2:59 AM, Anonymous beev said...

It's an interesting point you raise about energy rationing. I, too, would take a 30% reduction if it meant life without nuclear. I wonder how many people in Britain would agree...

At 11:59 AM, Blogger City Hippy said...

Hi Beev

I suspect most people would not agree sadly as they can not imagine a world without the massive energy usage levels we currently experience and are comfortable with.

What do you reckon?



At 10:38 PM, Blogger Jmaximus said...

I don't know about UK standards, but in the USA, our nuclear plants have concrete reinforced steel walls that can withstand a fighter jet flying into them at sonic speeds. Besides your claim that you would do without sounds like bull. It is easy to say that, but when your electric bill doubled you would be screaming bloody murder.

By the way, what new non polluting energy sources have you developed? None I bet. You are a
big know nothing, do nothing but bitch, phony.

I hate hippies.


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