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Response to NNadir (Reply #10)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 08:06 AM

11. honest question- i dont know. how many ppl die mining nuclear materials?

 

specifically, i mean. i know it is all highly mechanized these days. but it is a dangerous business in general. there are many ppl exposed along the way

i agree w you about the hidden environmental cost of renewables. but you ignore the amount of steel and concrete that go into nuke plants. and whatever deaths come from mining and may come from waste at the end.
and people on the clean up crew at fukashima did die.

i think we can both agree that the next gen of both technologies needs to assess the cradle to grave costs. that i why i say recycled plastic turbines, and why i want one made of junk metal.
i only vaguely know that the next gen of nukes being looked at a radically different. but i still dont see those materials, however much they may use, arriving at the gates w/o a heavy environmental price tag.
unless they use spent fuel from old reactors or recovered from fracking waste, i cant see them being worth it. i may be wrong. i have no numbers.


and of course, there is nothing rational about the things that keep me up nights.
i also worry about the storms that knocked down all those trees that arent supposed to happen here. if one hit the water treatment plant on the lake, many people would lose their access to water. but not forever. and the fish wouldnt die.

and this year's heat has been brutal for me and for my farm. tho we havent had any 100 days like we did 6 yrs ago. it has been nothing but hot and dry since may. only the fact that i have access to lake water, and that i practice hugelkultur, which uses very little water, explains why my farm doesnt look like my neighbor's brown lawns. i have kidney issues, and this shit nearly killed me. i have barely been able to keep it all alive.
it's still all green, but most of it is the stuff i didnt plant. i lost many of the things i did.

i joke about having lakefront property some day if sea level rises, but it isnt a joke. where i live is halfway between what used to be the shore and what is now.

so, i can walk about chew gum. how about you?

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