I guess the problem here is more to make people aware of the problem. Of course closing would be wrong right now but in the long run it's not a solution so making people aware of that is a good thing. Since lobbyists are governing it is necessary to have "extreme" counter-forces in the other direction. The truth is in the middle but without extreme counter-force this middle can not be achieved in the long run.
Originally Posted by DuSTman
Re nuclear waste: A lot of it can be reprocessed into usable fuel. France does it.
Or, just use a breeder reactor. They produce more fissile material than they consume. (No, I don't know how it works either.)
But what I'd REALLY like to see is fusion. Much better than fusion, in my opinion.
Also, Michael, is it possible to download all the images in an archive? I'd like to flip through them all, but the back/next links sometimes break (i.e. don't appear at all).
When do the links break for you? Any example. I am not aware of any issues unless its due to the server load with the page just quitting. But no it's not possible to download them at this time for advertisement reasons.
Originally Posted by SheeEttin
While true that Yucca Mountain is "there," the inconvenient truth is that Dear Leader (0bama) has killed the federal Yucca Mountain Project. Here is a video news report on the details.
Originally Posted by Michael
But Wait, There's More...
Thanks Michael for that great post. The pictures and text are stunning.
Many who have replied to this forum eagerly defend nuclear energy as safe, clean, economical, etc, etc, and etc.
The indisputable fact is that Chernobyl is just as "alive" - as fatally radioactive - today as it was 24 years ago only an hour after the tragic failure.
For those interested, I have posted this shameless link to ongoing news of a nuclear nature.
I suggest that everyone bookmark and read the NRC postings of Nuclear Event Reports for all reactors in the USA. Most are minor, but there are dozens every week. Here they are for
2009 and 2010.
Indisputable? That's extremely disputable. The estimates I've seen suggest that the majority of released matter was of an isotope with a 10-day half life, which would have mostly decayed to nothing within a single year of the accident.
Originally Posted by NextVoiceUHear
It's certainly true that you wouldn't want to rub your scrotum on any foliage near the reactor building, but it's a *long* way from the 10-minutes-and-you're-dead levels immediately following the accident.
First off, nice pictures. Photojournalism is probably the best way to get more attention on Chernobyl, as it should be. There are still plenty of russian design RBMK's around the world, so it's best that everything that still exists is out in the public.
Secondly, a young woman did one of the first phototours of this area from her motorcycle about 5 years ago. Her exploits are now hosted on
www.kiddofspeed.com. She did two phototours and they are very interesting. She has a couple of others including phototours of areas of Nazi and Mongol invasion, separated by a thousand years but occurring on the same land. Also one of the orange revolution in 2004.