reply to post by MrSandman
Ah! Finally somebody asked the magic question:
The answer is Generation IV nuclear power plants, and its sister pyrometalurgical recycling methodology.
Traditional nuclear ore refining methods only actually utilize about 1.5% of the available product in the ores. That's for weapons and electricity.
What that means is for every 1.5 kilowatts of energy we've ever gotten from uranium theres 98 kilowatts worth of "waste" out there in the world in
some massive stockpile waste dumps.
Gen IV promises to use closer to 98% of available waste, prevents refining from even being necessary, can also utilize old spent rods like those
stored under Fukushima (apparently being the real problem multiplier), as well as being able to use decommisioned weapons. Bye bye depleted uranium
In effects theres over 200 years of electricity sitting around as "waste". Its already there and itsd a major problem that storage isnt going to
solve. We need this technology if not only to clean up the mess we've made getting here.
Problem is environmentalists stymie the industry crippling the progress and resources needed to get there. Then they freak out and do the I told you
so's when things like that spent rod stockpile under Fukushima finally meltsdown.