Nuclear Energy

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It turns out that… nuclear [power] is the safest way to make reliable electricity…  Over an 80-year lifespan, fewer than 200 people will die from the radiation from the worst nuclear accident, Chernobyl, and zero will die from the small amounts of radiant particulate matter that escaped from Fukushima…  [In fact] nuclear plants have actually saved nearly two million lives to date that would have been lost to air pollution…  By contrast, solar panels require 17 times more materials in the form of cement, glass, concrete, and steel than do nuclear plants, and create over 200 times more waste.  We tend to think of solar panels as clean, but the truth is that there is no plan anywhere to deal with solar panels at the end of their 20 to 25 year lifespan… [and w]ind turbines, surprisingly, kill more people than nuclear plants…

https://quillette.com/2019/02/27/why-renewables-cant-save-the-planet/

[By a life-long, self-avowed environmentalist, btw.]

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Fukushima, Chernobyl, And Three Mile Island Actual Reveal Why Nuclear Is Inherently SAFER Than Alternatives

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/03/11/it-sounds-crazy-but-fukushima-chernobyl-and-three-mile-island-show-why-nuclear-is-inherently-safe/

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Dispelling Myths About Nuclear Energy

http://s3.amazonaws.com/thf_media/2007/pdf/bg2087.pdf

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Alternative Energy No Substitute For Clean Nuclear

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-brain-trust/060914-703954-mark-perry-nuclear-power-is-cleaner-than-the-green-alternatives.htm

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Had Germany spent $580 billion on nuclear instead of renewables, and the fossil plant upgrades and grid expansions they require, it would have had enough energy to both replace all fossil fuels and biomass in its electricity sector and replace all of the petroleum it uses for cars and light trucks.
Had California spent an estimated $100 billion on nuclear instead of on wind and solar, it would have had enough energy to replace all fossil fuels in its in-state electricity mix.  California’s power sector emissions are over twice as high today as they would have been had the state kept open and built planned nuclear plants.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2018/09/11/had-they-bet-on-nuclear-not-renewables-germany-california-would-already-have-100-clean-power/

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Fossil fuels are far deadlier than nuclear power

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20928053.600-fossil-fuels-are-far-deadlier-than-nuclear-power.html

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Fires, Cars: More Deadly Than Nuclear Power!

http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/fires-cars-more-deadly-than-nuclear-power/?print=1

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Three Mile Island and Chernobyl:                                                                                              What Went Wrong and Why Today’s Reactors Are Safe

http://s3.amazonaws.com/thf_media/2009/pdf/wm2367.pdf

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Renewable Green Nuclear Energy: Here, Now

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2012/02/renewable_green_nuclear_energy_here_now.html

[And that’s even with uranium-based reactors.  Check out what could be if we replaced them with thorium-based reactors…]

Thorium reactors have proven to be self-correcting [and] thorium is 3X more abundant that uranium and there are numerous safety and efficiency advantages of thorium designs over solid fuel Uranium reactors.

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/11/a_better_source_of_nuclear_power.html

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Development of nuclear weapons is much more difficult with the material  created in thorium reactors compared with uranium reactors.

http://advantage-environment.com/future/is-thorium-a-cleaner-safer-and-cheaper-alternative-to-uranium/

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Don’t compare Fukushima to Chernobyl

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21328566.500-dont-compare-fukushima-to-chernobyl

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Health Risks:

Nuclear Exaggeration: Is Atomic Radiation as Dangerous as We Thought?

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0%2C1518%2C519043%2C00.html

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New look at prolonged radiation exposure: At low dose-rate, radiation poses little risk to DNA, study suggests

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120515181256.htm

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Childhood cancer no higher in vicinity of nuclear power plants, Swiss study suggests

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110712093844.htm

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Forbidden Science: Low Level Radiation and Cancer

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2012/07/forbidden_science_low_level_radiation_and_cancer.html

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Researchers are developing a promising treatment for safely decontaminating humans exposed to radioactive actinides from a major radiation exposure event…

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120306181212.htm

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“Deadly” Radiation and God’s Design

http://www.reasons.org/articles/deadly-radiation-and-gods-design

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Chernobyl:

… the overall rate of cancer deaths and other health effects related to Chernobyl’s radiation leak is lower than was initially feared…  The majority of the five million residents living in contaminated areas… received very small radiation doses comparable to natural background levels (0.1 rem per year)…  Today the available evidence does not strongly connect the accident to radiation-induced increases of leukemia or solid cancer, other than thyroid cancer.

http://www.livescience.com/39961-chernobyl.html

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Chernobyl toll may be less than feared

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2005-09-05-chernobyl-toll_x.htm

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Chernobyl Incident Had Fewer Long-Term Health Impacts Than Expected

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070407172204.htm

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Chernobyl’s Radiation Improves Children’s Immune System in Radiation-Polluted Regions of Ukraine

http://news.kievukraine.info/2005/05/chernobyls-radiation-improves.html

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Chernobyl ecosystems ‘remarkably healthy’
Despite high radioactivity, plants and animals seem to be thriving.

http://www.nature.com/news/2005/050809/full/news050808-4.html

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Wildlife is thriving around Chernobyl since the people left

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22830422-100-wildlife-is-thriving-around-chernobyl-since-the-people-left/

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Fukushima:

Twenty-six thousand people were killed by the magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami [that caused the nuclear meltdown], and how many are known to have been killed by the nuclear accident?  None.

http://www.nature.com/news/james-lovelock-reflects-on-gaia-s-legacy-1.15017

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5 Years Later, Deaths Caused by Radiation Leak at Fukushima: 0

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/michael-w-chapman/5-years-later-number-deaths-caused-fukushima-nuclear-radiation-leak-0

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No One Died From Radiation Exposure at Fukushima, Says Top U.S. Nuclear Regulator

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/no-one-died-radiation-exposure-fukushima-says-top-us-nuclear-regulator

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Radiation levels in Fukushima are lower than predicted

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21181-radiation-levels-in-fukushima-are-lower-than-predicted/

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Fukushima’s doses tallied
Studies indicate minimal health risks from radiation in the aftermath of Japan’s nuclear disaster.

http://www.nature.com/news/fukushima-s-doses-tallied-1.10686

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No ocean-borne radiation from Fukushima detected on West Coast shoreline, kelp analysis finds

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140513092343.htm

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Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US far below safe-to-eat limits set by the U.S. and Japanese governments

http://news.yahoo.com/radioactive-bluefin-tuna-crossed-pacific-us-190121826.html

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Don’t panic’ over plutonium in soil at Fukushima plant

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2011/03/no-need-to-panic-over-plutoniu.html

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How newer reactors would have survived Fukushima

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20928053.700-how-newer-reactors-would-have-survived-fukushima.html

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has just approved a new generation of reactor design which includes passive cooling in the event of an accident.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/12/a_nuclear_christmas_gift.html

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Nuclear Waste:

Glass offers improved means of storing nuclear waste, researchers say

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120822101115.htm

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New method for cleaning up nuclear waste

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120320151958.htm

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How to clean up a pond of nuclear waste

https://www.newscientist.com/blogs/bigwideworld/2011/11/how-to-clean-up-a-pond-of-nuclear-waste.html

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Where to put spent U.S. nuclear fuel

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=0B9BC4F0-EE13-48AA-BC5D-9035133677B0

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