Your thoughts on Nuclear Energy?

drapture17

New member
Hi everyone, I know this is a bit off topic, but I was very interested in seeing what you guys thought about nuclear power now that it's been thrusted into the spotlight due to the current evens unfolding in Japan.
 

Patrick McCarron

TRMK Admin, Co-founder
Staff member
Wrong forum.

It's a fine topic for General Discussion.

I think Nuclear Energy is great because it's rather clean until things like the Japan event happen. But even the Japan event is so far going as well as it can all things considered, thanks to modern technology they will hopefully clean up the mess without any major issues or side effects.

A great article on Japan's woes from real experts at MIT is here: http://mitnse.com/
 

Sleegmar

New member
If implemented correctly, nuclear energy could pay for itself. It's not like fossil fuels are doing humanity any good. Oil spills, radistion leaks, no solution is perfect.
 

Patrick McCarron

TRMK Admin, Co-founder
Staff member
If implemented correctly, nuclear energy could pay for itself. It's not like fossil fuels are doing humanity any good. Oil spills, radistion leaks, no solution is perfect.

Exactly, the real perfect clean power would be solar power as technology to capture solar energy improves. Waiting on MIT's window solar panel technology.

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2008/solarcells-0710.html

Coupled with my future car, that would be a great combo.

http://www.teslamotors.com/models
 
It's all fun and games until someone loses containment. Seriously, given the current state, I think Japan is doing the best that they can to contain any leaks that may be happening. I read somewhere, but can't remember where, that 50 workers voluntarily stayed at the plant after the leak to contain it. That takes big brass ones. I think that, once things are fixed, steps will be taken to reinforce existing setups at all facilities worldwide. It's still needed as a step towards development of other viable sources of energy.
 

drapture17

New member
Thank you Pat, I agree with you completely. The reason I asked is because I've spent a major part of the week educating people on the topic and I've encountered some incredibly ill-informed individuals which naturally gravitated towards the side of fear and demand a shut down of the plants in the US.
Asides from our common love for MK, I feel that we can all learn a bit from one another through these threads since we're all from incredibly diverse backgrounds. I wanted to hear what my fellow TRMK members thought of the topic and maybe even ease some fears since I'm a bit versed in the topic.
 

drapture17

New member
Exactly, the real perfect clean power would be solar power as technology to capture solar energy improves. Waiting on MIT's window solar panel technology.

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2008/solarcells-0710.html

Coupled with my future car, that would be a great combo.

http://www.teslamotors.com/models

We were actually discussing a design for charging handheld electronics simply by harnessing the kinetic and static energy from your body through a mesh in your pocket that would transfer the energy wirelessly.
 

Eks

Well-known member
We have the technology to harness the power of it most of the time, so this instance in Japan is far from the norm. Keep in mind that everything was fine until the quake/tsunami occurred. The precautions they had in place are also minimizing the fallout. The area there wuill be unsafe for many years, but it's far from the scale that Chernobyl was.

And yes, we should prepare for any and all dangers like this, but there are things that we both cannot predict and that we cannot defend ourselves from. In the end, it's still clean and safe for the most part.

We were actually discussing a design for charging handheld electronics simply by harnessing the kinetic and static energy from your body through a mesh in your pocket that would transfer the energy wirelessly.

What a great idea.
 

drapture17

New member
Exactly, I had an individual passionately tell me that we shouldn't have nuclear power plants because we use the waste to make nuclear weapons. On top of that, he continued to say that the military isn't protecting Natural Gas storage locations or hydroelectric plants because they were pulled from those assignments and they were now guarding the nuclear power plants. Sadly, a huge number of the public truly believes things like this.
 
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