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Global Warming and Nuclear Energy

Posted Jun 24 2008 1:08pm

Images1_2 I know this article is not related to back or wrist pain...or nutrition, but lately I have been wondering how this whole global warming story is going to play out. After all, everything is connected.

So, I decided to do a little reading on alternative sources of energy today. I studied hydrogen, solar, wind, and nuclear power sources. All of these sources emit zero greenhouse gases.

I was surprised to learn that France gets 76% of it's electricity from nuclear power. I guess they decided to do this back in the early 1970's after the Middle East "Oil Shock". They have 56 nuclear power plants...all  American Pressurized Water Reactors designed by Westinghouse.

This reminded me of Southwest Airlines...who currently operates 527 Boeing 737 Jets (only). The logic behind this is you can have mechanics and engineers that get really good at maintaining maximum performance from these aircraft (and nuclear power plants). When something new is learned it can quickly be integrated into the system. And...parts are always available, as well as manpower. 

Get this...a family of four, over a 20 year period...generates nuclear waste that can be stored in a vile the size of a cigarette lighter.

One pound of uranium is the power equivalent of a million gallons of gasoline. Man..this stuff is efficient.

Anyway...I know there are problems with where to store the waste and all that...but nuclear power just might be one of the answers to our global warming problem.

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