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Answering Nuclear Power Research Requests — October 5, 2016

October 5, 2016
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What are some downfalls of reducing nuclear power?

A Ban on nuclear power would likely substantially undermine the economy because it would cause energy prices to skyrocket. This is explained in my Intro essay.

There is also evidence in this update to support this argument, including evidence that even taking a limited number of plants offline would hurt the economy.

Other reasons reducing nuclear power is bad –

  • Causes a shift to coal, which will kill more than nuclear power
  • Undermines the development of reactors needed to support desalinization technology that is critical to solve water shortages
  • Makes it impossible to meet our Paris global climate change targets
  • Undermines US leadership in nuclear non-proliferation

We have many reasons that nuclear power is good covered in this update

 

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What are some downfalls of reducing nuclear power?

A Ban on nuclear power would likely substantially undermine the economy because it would cause energy prices to skyrocket. This is explained in my Intro essay.

There is also evidence in this update to support this argument, including evidence that even taking a limited number of plants offline would hurt the economy.

Other reasons reducing nuclear power is bad –

Causes a shift to coal, which will kill more than nuclear power

  • Undermines the development of reactors needed to support desalinization technology that is critical to solve water shortages
  • Makes it impossible to meet our Paris global climate change targets
  • Undermines US leadership in nuclear non-proliferation

We have many reasons that nuclear power is good covered in this update

Icon of October 4 Nuclear Power Update October 4 Nuclear Power Update -- Subscribers Only (504.4 KiB)

And also in all of our nuclear power files, which can be found here –

Icon of Nuclear Power Update -- September 22, 2016 Nuclear Power Update -- September 22, 2016 -- Subscribers Only (356.7 KiB)

The 2016 updates contains 2016 evidence on arguments related to nuclear power as well as an large collection of cards on why SMRs are good

Icon of Nuclear Power Update -- August 2016 -- In Progress -- Updated 8-11-16 Nuclear Power Update -- August 2016 -- In Progress -- Updated 8-11-16 -- Subscribers Only (356.2 KiB)

The 2015 update contains some generally useful evidence on the merits of nuclear power

Icon of Nuclear Power Update -- 2015 Nuclear Power Update -- 2015 -- Subscribers Only (241.2 KiB)

The Nuclear Power Strategy Guide contains older evidence (2007-8 evidence) on nuclear power but is very comprehensive (nearly 500 pages) and has evidence on all aspects of the nuclear power debate.

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Water Disads ? 

These are available in the update —

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Thorium being bad

We are working on this

How nuclear power plants and waste storage facilities are protected from terrorism. Essentially how terrorism isn’t as big of a threat to nuclear power as some believe.

There are more answers to this in our Nuclear Power Strategy Guide, but here are a few cards —

Gwyneth Cravens, Brookings, 2002, Terrorism and Nuclear Energy: Understanding the Risks, http://www.brookings.edu/articles/2002/spring_weapons_cravens.aspx

Could terrorists steal spent nuclear fuel? First they would have to get past multiple impediments: guards, high double fences with concertina wire, floodlights, motion detectors, and cameras. Fuel rods are so radioactive that anyone coming within a few feet of them would become extremely ill and die within hours if not minutes. The more radioactive something is, the harder it is for someone to steal—and survive. Special equipment and thick lead shields are required for handling, and spent fuel for transport must be placed in casks weighing about 90 tons that have been stringently tested (burned with jet fuel, dropped from great heights onto steel spikes, and otherwise assaulted) and have remained impervious.

Department of Energy, 2005, Moving Forward With Nuclear, http://www.seab.energy.gov/publications/NETF_Final_Draft_0105.pdf

Second, as a result of the experiences of 9/11, there is a need to provide the country with confidence that nuclear power plants are adequately protected against terrorist attacks. Significant security upgrades were introduced at all nuclear plants in the period following 9/11, with the consequence that nuclear power plants are more secure than most other elements of our civilian infrastructure.

Alan Brown, professor of Mechanical Engineering, Spring 2006, Bent of Tau Peta, http://www.tbp.org/pages/Publications/Bent/Features/Sp06Brown.pdf

The nuclear industry has taken real strides in responding to its critics. After Three Mile Island, it retrofitted plants to make them safer and more manageable. Their improved control shows clearly in their high and rising capacity factor. Moreover, new designs are undoubtedly safer than existing reactors, and Yucca Mountain is secure enough to push any real threat of contamination millennia into the future.

Nuclear Cooperation with China (not weapons/reprocessing, but rather nuclear reactors and energy)

In progress

 

 

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