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Adams is a U.S. Navy officer who served on nuclear submarines, founded a firm to promote small reactors and blogs about nuclear power at Atomic Insights (highly recommended). Adams asked if I would like to talk to him on Bloggingheads.tv, and I said sure. Here are some of the major points that Adams made:
-Nuclear energy, far from undermining anti-proliferation efforts, can supplement them. ie. since the cold war the US has bought 15,000 obsolete Soviet nucs, recycled the nuclear fuel accounting for 10% of our nuclear energy production.
-Nuclear waste can be viewed as a feature, not a bug, of nuclear energy. First of all, spent fuel rods from a typical plant cannot easily be converted into weapons-grade explosives. ie., the rod fuel is very difficult to convert to weapons grade uranium but easy to convert back to usable nuclear fuel. The US nuclear waste represents a considerable energy asset if correctly used even with existing technology.
-Terrorists cannot easily blow up nuclear plants to create dirty bombs. Even if a plane hit a facility it is unlikely to penetrate. In one test the plane simply vaporized!
# The spread of nuclear power need not lead to nuclear weapons proliferation. Many countries that have nuclear power plants do not possess weapons. And almost every country that has nuclear weapons today acquired them before acquiring nuclear reactors.
Human be-little-ings cannot be trusted with nuclear technology period.
Liked your post till I saw the word "terrorist" the real terrorists are the UN and infiltrated US government...I get what your saying and It would be nice if we were actually the good guys...but sadly this just isn't the case.
The real issue with Nuclear power isn't safety, it's cost. The process of enriching nuclear materials to be suitable for reactors is very costly and time consuming.
As for flying a plane into a reactor why build new reactors on the surface. build them in mountains or in pits with extra cement shielding to stops the biggest planes from ever getting close.