You are correct that we don't have a solution to nuclear waste.
We have LOTS of solutions.
* We can encase the waste in molten glass and dump it in the Marianna's
* We can liquify it an inject it into a salt dome
* We can concentrate it and rocket it into the sun
and so on. There are probably a hundred viable solutions.
The reason we haven't picked one is not because a solution doesn't exist;
the reason we haven't picked one is THAT WE DON'T NEED A SOLUTION TODAY!
We can wait.
Wait until we absolutely HAVE to choose. By waiting it is possible a new
solution will become available that's better than all the other known
Actually we're probably better off re-using it. Most current "nuclear
waste" is actually still a pretty good fuel source and can be
reprocessed. It's currently cheaper to just use freshly-mined uranium,
which is why we're not doing it.
Also, new reactor designs like the "travelling wave" reactor are
expected to produce far less waste since they basically breed their own
fuel from depleted uranium right before they react it. This allows them
to operate much more efficiently. They're also in theory capable of
re-using their own fuel and the waste from current light-water reactors.
Yabbut, Clintoon defunded the FAST reactor research and Obama is set
to do the same, I believe. We'd have had them by now and could recycle
95% of that high-level waste the damned Chicken Littles of the world
would just STFU. (Would someone make sure the libruls know that 95% is
a -large- amount? Thanks!)
All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian,
or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up
to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
So says the junkie who doesn't have to grow his own poppies.
That was the theory before World War One as well, the industrialized nations
were so commercially inter-dependent that they would never harm their own
interests by going to war with each other. Oops.
Will commerce persuade the leaders of China to drop their insistence that
one way or another Taiwan will "rejoin" the mainland? They've shown no
signs of backing down so far, nor is "Free Tibet" likely to change any minds
in Beijing. They have all our money, why should they change their policies
just because we don't like what they're doing?
Say what? Every President at least since Nixon has recognized imported oil
is a weapon that can be used against America, yet America has done a lousy
job both of reducing waste and developing alternatives. How does the size
of the nation stop America from converting its truck fleet to natural gas?
"Because we can"--like people could get mortgages they couldn't actually
afford to pay off. So let's continue to do something stupid because we have
the money, today. Tomorrow, not so much.
Other factors were at play after WWI, specifically the rape of Germany. The
principle has worked since WW2.
China could conquer Taiwan in about thirty minutes, why haven't they done
so? Because money hates conflict. If China started a war with Taiwan, their
markets, credit, and trade would stop dead. They need trade to maintain
their increasing standard of living.
I'll do it by steps so even the dim can grasp it:
1. The size of the nation implies a lot of transportation.
2. Oil, even imported oil, is cheaper than the alternatives, including
3. The United States will NEVER be energy independent; oh, it CAN be energy
independent, but it WON'T.
#3 needs expansion. If we can fuel our vehicles for ten cents per mile using
gasoline, it is stupid in the extreme to use natural gas that costs fifteen
cents per mile. If we get the cost of natural gas down to nine cents a mile,
more gasoline becomes available on the world's market, driving its cost down
to eight cents a mile. And so on.
If foresight was 20/20, such folks wouldn't have made such blunders. As
things stood, you can't afix blame for them making the best decision
possible with the information available.
Think how that would affect the poor and low-income folks, Lew.
Subsidizing little electric cars is a much better way.
What was Obamamotors, erm, I mean GM thinking when they did away with
the EV-1? And why wasn't it reintroduced when they saw how the people
were taken with the ugly little Prius?
Why hasn't every car company licensed Toyota's Hybrid system?
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
-- Raymond Lindquist
You think so? Check out what the fool in the White House did.
He finally did something for the U.S. instead of TO the U.S.
Our Constitution needs to be used less as a shield
for the guilty and more as a sword for the victim.
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