christopher::: wrote:Where did you hear this, about leaked oil?
It was in a previous update from the NEI website that I posted.
At Unit 4 on March 14 at approximately 8:38 p.m. EDT, a fire was reported in the reactor building. It is believed to have been from a lube oil leak in a system that drives recirculation water pumps. Fire fighting efforts extinguished the fire. The roof of the reactor building was damaged.
retrofuturist wrote:What are the solar deaths from... people falling off the roof?
Yes. Working on roofs is quite dangerous.
Kim O'Hara wrote:Non-rooftop solar doesn't appear at all. Do you have figures for installations like the solar power farms in the American deserts, or the Spanish base-load solar power stations?
Nope, but if you find some numbers on that, let me know.
Kim O'Hara wrote:Nuclear deaths don't include longer-term deaths from Chernobyl.
Because they haven't been any yet? Also, even if you assume a doubling of the mortality rate, nuclear energy still comes out the safest form of power.
Kim O'Hara wrote:They could easily knock nuclear of its 'safest' perch, if non-rooftop solar hasn't already done so. Are you then going to support Wind and Solar instead of Nuclear?
Not unless we can figure out how to make the sun shine and wind blow 24/7. We still will need reliable baseload power generation.
Also, since I have a few minutes, and everybody seems to ignore thorium, I'd like to rant about it again. Thorium is much safer than our present uranium and plutonium technologies. It is the future of fission power. Anybody who lumps convention nuclear power in with thorium-based reactor technology is a fool. We also have much more thorium than uranium. By some estimates I'd read we have over 10,000 years worth of thorium already mined. Much of it was mined decades ago and put into storage because we didn't know what to do with it at the time. Thousands of years worth of clean and safe nuclear power is at our fingertips. That should give us more than enough time to perfect fusion technology. As I see it, that is our real energy future.
Renewables, should be a growing part of the grid (as they are) and I do support them as part of our energy matrix. However, I think it would be foolish to try to rely on that technology solely.