Originally posted by AwakeinNM
Originally posted by buster2010
There's billions to be made damn the environment and the people that need the water to survive. This is one of the reasons why Obama stopped the XL
pipeline from going through the same Aquifer because there is too much of a risk of contaminating the water.
I highly doubt that any environmental concerns were the reason Obama stopped a pipeline.
So let's have some evidence that existing nuclear waste disposal sites are contaminating aquifers, since that's what they do.
Actually...this is one of those rare cases where no proof of radioactive contamination is necessary to still illustrate what a horrible idea this is.
Here is the reason why:
The probability that a given system of any kind will fail is 100%...the only question is "when will it fail"?
That is, whether or not the
system is biological, mechanical, behavioral, climatic...whatever...you name it...the system will at some point in time fail to perform. Cells
reproduce all on their own...but they don't do so endlessly. The slow down over time...if they didn't we would all be immortal. No matter how good
or expensive of a car you purchase...it is doomed to eventually break down. The quality of the vehicle, your maintenance habits, and usage will all
factor into how long
this process takes...but rest assured even a 2012 Rolls Royce will likely not be in operable condition in 100-200
years...much less 5-10,000.
Thus, since we absolutely, categorically, and positively know
that ANY type of waste containment system we build will ultimately
fail...we ought to be DAMN careful where we put them. Given the super-long timeframes of radioactive half-lives the probability that this containment
system will fail while the waste is still dangerous is basically guaranteed. Therefore...if we cannot live with the effects of the failure...perhaps
we shouldn't embark upon the endeavor.
Historically the counter-argument has always been "Well...they can just take care of it in a thousand years when the facility fails". This is fine
and great...except for when it isn't. The harsh reality is that humanity simply cannot predict the future with any sort of regularity. If we
could..sports gambling wouldn't exist because everybody would have the winner of the next Super Bowl picked already...even before this years NFL
Like it or not...we just don't know
what tomorrow will bring. Japan has had a hell of a lot of earthquakes since Fukashima originally went
online...but it was that one last year that really caused all of the problems over there. We would like to think we live in a world where another
9-11 is impossible...but that's just plain naive.
What happens if we put all of this nuclear waste which could conceivably irradiate the underground water supply for SEVEN DIFFERENT STATES for the
next 100,000 years and a couple of lunatics crash a plane into it? Are we TOTALLY sure it won't leak...even if it's underground? What if a couple
of terrorists smuggle a small nuke in and detonate it right on top of the facility? They can make a pretty damn big crater from what I understand.
Granted...no matter WHERE it is an event like that would be an ecological disaster. But do we REALLY want to put on top of the only thing that makes
agriculture possible along the entire Easter border of the Rockies?
...It really just seems like we ought to come up with some better solutions for this.
Better yet...we should just stop producing the damn stuff. Nuclear fission is an obsolete technology anyways.