Why do people fear nuclear power?

Discussion in 'Science & Society' started by Stokes Pennwalt, Feb 5, 2004.

  1. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    No not even that.

    Again these are not competitive avenues: power plants are being decommissions and need to be replaced, sure efficiency can reduced the number of new plants needed but we are always going to need new powerplants.

    We don't need to "socials" the grid, just upgrade it.
     
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    To me it all would depend on how it was nuclear power?
     
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  5. huh? what do you mean?
     
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  7. ElectricFetus Sanity going, going, gone Valued Senior Member

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    Well how is it nuclear power? Radioisotopic: Pu 238, Polonium or Tritium? Nuclear fission, fast or slow neutrons just simply won't fit in a car. Somekind of future compact aneutratic Nuclear fission like a working dense plasma focus reactor might fit but the shielding weight for the x-rays/gamma rays would simply be to heavy as well.

    The only thing I would see as possible would be a radioisotope trickle charging an electric battery, Pu238 would be very expensive, Polonium would be too hot and too radio toxic. Tritium would have the lowest radiation and toxicity issues heck its been used to make glowing dots on rifle sights for decades, but enough to even trickle charge and electric car have never been tried.

    A nuclear car is a radical engineering challenge let alone safety risk: worry about its safety if it could even be done. If the tritium was stored in something inert like silicone or ceramic I guess it would be safe enough, but where are you going to get enough?

    As for every day nuclear items: fire detectors, and again these tritium self-lighting paints:

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    But enough glowing paint to power a photovoltaic converter to powers a car... fuck the whole tritium industry is just 400 grams a year and a kg would only give off a few dozen watts!
     

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