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Response to ihas2stinkyfeet (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 13, 2020, 10:06 AM

8. If Zion, or for that matter, Fukushima's destroyed reactors sit unattended as long as the...

...Parthenon sat unattended, the loss of life will still be trivial.

If the Zion decommissioned reactors were cracked open by a rare Earthquake, how many people would die from the event? People often act as if that were to happen, an atom of zirconium-93 would immediately tunnel into their brains and kill them. Is this rational?

Would as many people die as would have died had coal plants been built there instead and operated normally?

I often have occasion to drive past an abandoned steel plant. There are huge piles, small mountains, of slag outside it. The full plant is rotting and has become something of a tourist attraction.

I have always wanted to check some runoff from those slag mountains with an ICP/MS to see what exactly what elements are in it. Since I know something about this topic, since I regularly read environmental science journals, it's a scary thought.

Does anyone ever wonder if an atom of neurotoxic mercury will migrate immediately to their brains and turn them into a Trump voter?

You know, wind turbines use an awful lot of steel; and wind turbines generally don't last twenty years before they need to be replaced.

How "renewable" are they, exactly?

Nuclear power does not need to be risk free in the imaginations of every person who fails to engage in critical thinking to be vastly superior to everything else. It is decidedly not risk free. It is simply lower risk than everything else, including the case where no one has electricity at all, even though electricity itself - from any source - is not risk free.

The wind industry is not sustainable. It's a short term affectation that will do great damage to the future of all humanity: It's most dangerous property - not the only dangerous property but the worst among them - is that has failed, is failing and will always fail to address climate change. The wind industry is centuries old. Beginning in the 19th century, it was ultimately abandoned before being revived by reactionaries. There is a reason it was abandoned.

We'd do better if we asked ourselves what that reason was.

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