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grufty jim
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Re: Climate change solved? Small scale nuclear generators
May 20, 2009, 17:31
handofdave wrote:
Tho nuke power has it's obvious downsides, it does have it's advantages as well.. clearly, we just can't keep burning coal forever while we debate how to slow global warming. All options should be regularly reconsidered and examined, especially as the technology improves.

We shouldn't be burning coal at all. But out of interest, how long do you think we can keep burning uranium? It only becomes a "renewable resource" when you start reprocessing. And that's unproven technology outside of the lab, which brings it's own set of problems to solve. If Climate Change is as urgent as we think it is, then shouldn't we go with the "less reliant upon making further technological breakthroughs" solution? (reduce consumption, scale up renewables dramatically)

Also, a not-insignificant point; the mining and processing of uranium is far from carbon neutral.

PS: If you're interested, I just stuck a slightly expanded version of my first response up at my place.

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