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Originally posted by My_Reality
reply to post by kro32
NASA has also warned of us eventually getting hit by an asteroid or comet so wouldn't that be even a more serious issue. They stated it could happen at anytime.
I love the feeling of hopelessness and futility that invoked in me when I read this post. The chances of abolishing nuclear power are exactly equivalent to preventing an asteroid/comet strike. Given our geopolitical situation, no nation would risk losing the political power that nuclear power provides. For instance - If the US abolished every nuclear reactor it owned the US navy would be eviscerated. Sure, there are alternatives. Finding an energy source comparable to nuclear power but without the waste is going to be difficult. Making the transition from nuclear energy to an alternative would likely be even more difficult.
In short, it is good to know of yet another inevitable doomsday that I can add to the list.
Originally posted by Shadowalker
Bottom line....there are a collection of things that are coming up that could lay the ground work for a major event.
1. Elenin is being watched for a much different reason than the current speculation. Its trail of gas and charged dust particles will lay down many, many miles of electrically conductive material between us and the sun.
2. The fluff cloud we are passing through has the potential to amplify electrical conductivity of already present dust and particulate in the empty portions of space.
3. Slowly degrading magnetic field of earth is offering less protection than ever before.
4. The sun has a huge amount of energy stored under its surface from the last minimum.
The real danger isn't getting hit by a comet or asteroid. Its a Flux Transfer Event.
This is shaping up to be the perfect storm....in space.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by ragsntatters
I think we all sincerely believed there were backups and ways to handle power failures. Like one poster on this thread said, backups to the backups. I'll also bet TEPCO would have said with all sincerity and a straight face the day BEFORE the Tsunami that Fukushima Dai-ichi had those backups to backups and a full meltdown was impossible with their state of the art safety measures. Of course, they had 3, possibly 4 full meltdowns...and still can't even say for certain how "full" they were. They can't get remotely close to the core areas yet.
Originally posted by Darkmask
Since Fukushima, this is something I have thought about a lot. It occurred to me that if some kind of catastrophe occurred on this planet and most of us were wiped out, those of us who survived wouldn't be long for this world. This planet would be sterilised of life from all the reactors that would go into full meltdown.
WE need to take Germany's lead and get ourselves off nuclear power. It's just not worth the risk. There is no reason why we can't have wind farms and solar farms and hydro power to replace nuclear power. If there really is free energy technology, now would be the time to introduce it. By staying on nuclear power, we are only ensuring our own demise.
Originally posted by Visiting ESB
We have a loaded gun pointed to the head of humanity.