posted on Apr, 28 2016 @ 11:16 AM
originally posted by: EternalShadow
a reply to: mikell
What's the half-life of coal?
How about 4.4billion years? Coal has up to 50 or so ppm Uranium in it depending on where it is from...
So lets see... Coal gets you about 1KWh of power for 1.04 lbs
Average US/Canadian house uses 11,600 KWh per year (rounded down) So if that was supplied by coal
Each house requires 12,000 lbs a year... lets say you have some lovely coal that is 25ppm, thats 0.3 lbs of pure uranium you just scattered across the
land from the smoke stack. And thats just one house... take a city of say 100,000 people, and roughly say 4 people per household... we get 25,000
homes, and if coal powered, that is a massive 7,500 lbs of uranium (and not to mention thorium) you just vaporized
Now you can say "Oh but most of it is filtered out" but the reality is, coal is really not great... and if i had 7,500lbs of Uranium or Thorium, id
rather burn that in a nuclear power plant and produce less radiation dose on average than living next to a coal burning plant, and or a coal mine. and
likely produce power for many many years.
SO Yeah... exactly ignorant sir.