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Energy generation is dirty. You'll find reasons to object to any source, any. Pick your poison.

I think we can't rest on just one source. A mix of hydro, solar, wind (all three only where possible) and nuclear would probably be the best. Like it or not, nuclear is by far the most efficient energy source. Cutting funding and support for nuclear means we'd suddenly lose the most advanced and powerful energy source we've ever discovered. With proper security measures, nuclear is safe.


Problem is how to ensure security measures is proper. Maybe when a nuclear plant got fault, first people be killed exactly is who keep it working safe, and then, the plant will running by computer automaticly.

Hope those Japanese can run away as far as they can.

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It is so difficult to get bureaucrats to agree, let alone the ordinary uninformed public who are so easily swayed by scares to support any view the puppeteer wishes.

Windmill generators should have been an "easy" adoption, when we were kids I saw cartoons of wind-power farms and thought "Wow, fantastic".

Would you believe that there are motions and factions against wind power too? "The blades are killing innocent birds! They are noisy and a disturbance to the environment! They are ugly, an eyesore!"

So nuclear is great, and my general view is that there has to be a reduction in the worldwide human population somehow, and nature looks like it is taking the lead.

Or do you believe in supernatural intelligence(s) plotting deliberately against the human race?

If I were in control today, I would have fired "His Excellency" the Ambassador to Japan and his pathetic British staff - all of them. On the spot. And without repatriating them at public expense too. And I would see to it that they never worked in any public office again.

What an absolute disgrace to have the emergency teams return because the idiots refused to sponsor them in a time of emergency and rare human kindness. What the hell are they employed for? Origami lessons? Or just to sample local food on expenses?

If the team had been able to save one life it would have been a prestige to the UK. Their help would have been invaluable in any case. This return is a bureacratic disgrace.

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Energy generation is dirty. You'll find reasons to object to any source, any. Pick your poison.

I think we can't rest on just one source. A mix of hydro, solar, wind (all three only where possible) and nuclear would probably be the best. Like it or not, nuclear is by far the most efficient energy source. Cutting funding and support for nuclear means we'd suddenly lose the most advanced and powerful energy source we've ever discovered. With proper security measures, nuclear is safe.


Problem is how to ensure security measures is proper. Maybe when a nuclear plant got fault, first people be killed exactly is who keep it working safe, and then, the plant will running by computer automaticly.

Hope those Japanese can run away as far as they can.


Modern designs cannot experience meltdown.

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That's wishfull thinking isn't it FF, how so? Do they catapault the reactor into space if the cooling is compromised or something.

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The effects of a nuclear meltdown depend on the safety features designed into a reactor. A modern reactor is designed both to make a meltdown unlikely, and to contain one should it occur.
In a modern reactor, a nuclear meltdown, whether partial or total, should be contained inside the reactor's containment structure. Thus (assuming that no other major disasters occur) while the meltdown will severely damage the reactor itself, possibly contaminating the whole structure with highly radioactive material, a meltdown alone should not lead to significant radiation release or danger to the public.[17]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_meltdown

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Reactor designs like pebble-bed are passively safe, in other words should the reaction heat up due to lack of cooling, it slows down. This is not an active safety, it is a feature of the very reaction used. More heat causes the reaction to slow down to safer levels.

It's not just good safety, it's inherent safety.

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If I were in control today, I would have fired "His Excellency" the Ambassador to Japan and his pathetic British staff - all of them. On the spot. And without repatriating them at public expense too. And I would see to it that they never worked in any public office again.

What an absolute disgrace to have the emergency teams return because the idiots refused to sponsor them in a time of emergency and rare human kindness. What the hell are they employed for? Origami lessons? Or just to sample local food on expenses?

If the team had been able to save one life it would have been a prestige to the UK. Their help would have been invaluable in any case. This return is a bureacratic disgrace.


Good job you're not in control then isn't it. IF the media is correct, then yes, it's utterly ridiculous. However, if the media is not then it'd be a massive mistake. Even if the media are, your idea would be an utter disaster in it's own right for the obvious reason and far eclipse a 12 man team that would have been returning the next day anyway.

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The UK ISAR team, which arrived in Japan on Sunday, agreed not to extend its operations after discussions with the Japanese disaster authorities and their US counterparts.

The team - 59 search and rescue experts, four medics and two sniffer dogs - was made up of members from fire brigades across the UK and was put together by the Department for International Development.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12778022
Apparently they arrived with 11 tonnes of equipment.

*shakes head*

p.s the supposed reason the 12 man team weren't given a form? Doesn't say what they arrived with equipment wise *shrugs*
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Foreign secretary William Hague said the charity was not properly equipped and that it was ‘convenient’ to blame British red tape.

‘The Japanese embassy advised them that they would have to be self-sufficient and that Japan would not be able to provide logistical support,’ he said.

‘They arrived there with no transport or logistical or language support in place so I think that gave rise to the difficulty.’

Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/news/858314-br ... of-red-tape#ixzz1GzoGjgg9


Whether that's true I don't know. Have to wait and find out...

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Well, I saw some rumour in other forum, hey say Japanese use those reactor to bulid nuclear bomb, so that's why they using old reactors.

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So they're a lot safer than these old designs then. I just can't imagine that they can compensate for every possible outcome though, things like massive freak earthquakes and tidal waves, a paveway bomb or tomohawk from some psycho for instance, possibly even sabotage.

I'm all for nuclear energy, anything other than the fossil fuels that have us all bent over a barrel these days is good in my book, just gotta accept that there's a risk and build the things in places where the least possible effect to public health could arrise from any insane event that might just happen upon the place.

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... Good job you're not in control then isn't it. IF the media is correct, then yes, it's utterly ridiculous. However, if the media is not then it'd be a massive mistake.

Full marks Chips, glad you're the one who spotted my allegory here.

This is the basis of my arguments about Arab countries - since I am able to compare, I know that the media has made a lot of bad assumptions, particularly on the few opponents in every one of those countries, which are still a very small minority.

Today Mr Cameron mentioned Bahrain in the same sentence as Libya. Bahrain is a monarchy, as are Saudi, Oman, the Emirates and Kuwait. What right does a commoner have to go against his king? Every right of course, at risk of losing his head - literally. No external country has the right to intervene. The UK is driven by the US who fear no-one. Except China that is. My view? Let the Yanks sacrifice their own only, not our lads. But for a long time, UK leaders have been sheep, not sheepdogs.

Yesterday's UN decision to enforce a no-fly zone is an act of war.

Let's see how madman Ghaddafi reacts, never mind his words, let's see his peoples' actions from now on.

On "Good job I'm not in control"? On the contrary.

The main cause of the problems of today's world is wimps and do-gooders in control, lack of knowledge, lack of discipline and lack of respect, from the top down.

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... Even if the media are, your idea would be an utter disaster in it's own right for the obvious reason and far eclipse a 12 man team that would have been returning the next day anyway.


There is no obvious reason. Now that the team was returning the next day? was not made clear in any news report that I heard. Does that mean they just went for a couple of nights out in Tokyo? Ridiculous. In fact it was glossed over very quickly with no details, the initial news release, which mentioned clearly the letter that was refused and the reason, was altered and did not mention again that the Embassy "would not be responsible" for the team.

I understand this view because of my own experiences of British Embassies. A chap who became a good friend later was Third Secretary for the Embassy in Kuwait. When we registered with the Embassy on our arrival there, he briefed us on respect for local laws, and explained that should we get ourselves into jail, the Embassy would only appoint a local lawyer to assist us (at our own cost) and would do no more, not even to repatriate us in case we got into debt. When several people asked why, he explained that British Embassies exist to promote commerce and facilitate visit and business visas to the UK, not to look after Brits. We could host business evenings for free at the Embassy and they would invite the local heads of business to listen to us, and they would provide alcohol if we wished, (at cost) but no more.

OK so for private citizens I can understand and accept that they would not wish to be responsible for every Tom, Dick and Harry who misbehaves, but for a mercy team? Sacrilege! - even the French, whom the Brits love to criticise, did better than that.

So why do you not wish to give out effective action in these cases, but let sleeping dogs lie, even though this will lead to more such instances, yet you arise against a lawful government? This is a double standard, and this is why I picked out these two subjects to get your reactions.

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Well, I saw some rumour in other forum, hey say Japanese use those reactor to bulid nuclear bomb, so that's why they using old reactors.


Yes, certain designs could possibly be used, with a lot of work, to make weapons-grade plutonium. This is just about the sole reason, alongside the Chernobyl scare, that we're not far more invested in nuclear. Politics and fear-mongering.

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Ah the obvious reason was that you'd have no ambassadorial representation of the UK in Japan during a time of crisis - which also includes many UK nationals within Japan - and the existing government sanctioned rescue team, as well as the normal day to day role that the embassy renders to UK and Japanese citizens alike.

Unless you just meant fire the ambassador himself - but you mention the entire staff. It would be an unmitigated disaster, and decisions should be made on truth based on evidence, and not media reporting.

Since there's been zero mention of paperwork since (and since it would be a huge political point scoring area for the opposition), I'm starting to assume the media mis-represented the situation.

The UK media is become crass in its mis-representation of events and facts to the public. Whether this event is one of those isn't entirely clear at present.

As for nuclear reactor fuel being turned into weapons grade? It requires a lot of work. It isn't so simple as taking the spent fuel rods, and sticking it in a bomb.

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Is Mohammed Hassan backed?

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This thread is full of stupidity.

First off, what we have in the west is democracy, but it's not open, it's representative. The western world is just as corrupt as the rest of the world is, we're just better at hiding it.

Do you think ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) was an act of anti-terrorism? No, it's an act of maximizing profit by literally trying to exterminate piracy which will never happen, it can't happen.

Do you think DRD (Data Retention Directive) which was recently accepted in Norway was an act to catch "pedophiles and terrorists"? No, it's again about maximizing profits or controlling the public, but I am not sure as to where they're heading with logging where we are, who we speak to, when we call a phone or connect to the internet.

No government actually cares about it's people, they only need them to keep the economy running. Today's system has ended up with the government being a supercorporation above all the other corporations based in that country.



Over to nuclear power. It is safe. How many thermal powerplants light on fire the last 30 years? Many... Thermal powerplants is just a general category for coal, oil and gas powerplants.. Compare the number to the number of nuclear reactors going down in 30 years. You don't even read about them in the news due to how often thermal plants catch fire or has some dramasituation.

4 reactors has gone down in the last 30 years, where only 2 of them actually made the area around them unhabitable. Chernobyl was a russian design from 1960, which had no anti-meltdown system except the rods stopping the fissionprocess, the reactorbuilding itself was low quality and the roof was made in wood.

The second, somewhere in the US had no such thing as passively shutting down when too hot either.

The two others were research reactors and they were shut down, but are unusable today.

Fukushima has no such thing as passive shutdown either. I just feel like pointing out one single fissionreactor can generate up to 2 GW, with almost no waste generated. When the radioactive water have been disposed of after a certain amount of time the radioactive waste itself is at the size of a tennisball. Fukushima was built for 7 on richters scale, not 9.

Wind power is stupid. Our government wanted 3% of Norway's powerusage to be from wind power, which actually requires 1500 of those powerplants...

Modern reactordesigns can't melt down, they can heat up a lot but they can't melt down.

Nuclear power is the future, you can't argue with that, their efficency is too great and the risk and waste is too low. Fusion is the future, and it has no radioactive waste. What happens in fusion is fusioning two hydrogen atoms, and the output is helium.

The first fusionreactor designed for powergeneration will start construction next year in Europe, it's called HiPER. The brits actually maintained their own "star" for a little while, although small, it was a product of fusion.

EDIT: Thorium reactors is possible today, they are even more efficent, there is more Thorium on earth than Uranium, it's lower risk and it's lower waste.

Win-win until fusion is usable.

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You might want to check your meaning of "safe". Also, in effect it doesnt really matter if a nuclear fission power plant is very safe, what matters most are the consequences in a "what-if" scenario. It baffles me how people can belittle the radioactive danger from fission power plants after all the incidents.
Fukushima shows us how "uncontrollable" nuclear power plants as of now can be.
These issues will be mostly gone with fusion power plants, but till these become available around the globe (2050+?), I foresee at least a few other nuclear power plants with critical incidents.
It's really not a matter of how safe they are, its more a statistical issue. Humans make mistakes and we need to rely on technology that is relatively mistake-friendly. Fission reactors definately are not.

Dont get me started on nuclear waste. To this day, there is not a single final storage place for nuclear waste established on earth. Just recently, the US raised the requirements for such a place on their soil.

I dont understand why you are saying wind power is stupid?
Wind power could provide for the energy need worldwide times 3 (or something like that). Norway receives most of its power by water power plants.
Green energy is by far the most logical thing to exploit and I cannot understand why people keep bashing it. Maybe because its not "cool" or something like that.

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