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Magwood doesn't mention MSR.
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There is also the 26,000 year axial cycle.
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I'm asking for your help. You know me as an earnest proponent of environmental stewardship and nuclear energy's positive potential to help. I sometimes post in the Google Plus "Renewable Energy" community. You know that the main obstacle to nuclear energy's ability to help is political opposition, largely due to misinformation.
You have experienced the automatic negative response many people kick out in response. I have always tried to answer people objections in a respectful factual manner. A few individuals demonstrate repeated unthinking ideological opposition and vent on any positive post re: nuclear energy. It's especially difficult when they swarm a thread, and I get little or no support from knowledgeable readers. That community seems to have a problem with diversity. The admin Tenkiv has banned me from that community. I would appreciate it if you would please contact Tenkiv (via G+ or hello@tenkiv.com) and put in a good word for me. If voices of reason are silenced, then then our future will look very bleak.
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I completely agree, trying to talk about the benefits of nuclear energy can be a nightmare; people tend to just reflexively dismiss any reactor as a Chernobyl waiting to happen. I'm part of a team which is building a web platform to allow everyone - ordinary people, pro- and anti-nuclear campaigners, people affected by radiation, governments etc - to come together and have a proper discussion about the benefits of and problems with nuclear power, amongst other things. The aim is to provide for multi-sector collaborations on solving issues, which could range from dealing with radiation leaks to doing something about the misinformation and demonisation of nuclear power. If you have any thoughts or feedback about that I'd love to hear them. Does it sound feasible and useful to you?
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Almost every nuclear energy plant closed or never built is replaced by a natural gas plant. There are 6 new natural gas plants built for each wind/solar plant in the US. Natural gas is as bad as coal for climate change. US energy is still 85% fossil.

A vote against nuclear energy is a vote to melt ice sheets.
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Congress is almost completely bought off by major campaign contributors, many of whom make big money from CIA contracts and the other "security" agencies'. Slowly, Americans are realizing the degree to which our rights are being seized by government. Combine this with massive public debt, loss of jobs, and extreme wealth inequity. Ultimately how will that all get resolved?
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COMPLAINT: I know that the people who should most read this, won't. But I gotta try anyway. I'm on Google Plus to do somewhat serious information exchange regarding our environmental future and our energy alternatives. If I want cat videos, I'll frequent Facebook. 

SUGGESTION: G+ has a feature called Circles. You should use it. Maybe you should have circles for Environment or Energy or Nuclear, and please put me in those circles. Then send the "stupid human tricks" videos somewhere else.

POLICY: Now, as I said, I know you're not reading this. So, instead, when I see useless stuff repeatedly coming from you, I'm just going to remove you from my circles. I will no longer see any of your posts. Is that what you intended when you posted those TGIF memes?
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Goggle tries to do that, +Jason Rennie with hastags. In theory if all posts had appropriate hashtags then users could filter by tag and avoid unwanted feline photos. This requires users to add hashtags, and I am not the only one who doesn't. (It's a pain when typing on my phone.) Google tries to get around that by automatically adding tags to posts, but those tags are often comically inappropriate. Still, they are really trying to do that.
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I'm asking for your help. You know me as an earnest proponent of environmental stewardship and thorium's positive potential to help. I sometimes post in the Google Plus "Renewable Energy" community. You know that the main obstacle to nuclear energy's ability to help is political opposition, largely due to misinformation.
You have experienced the automatic negative response many people kick out in response. I have always tried to answer people objections in a respectful factual manner. A few individuals demonstrate repeated unthinking ideological opposition and vent on any positive post re: nuclear energy. It's especially difficult when they swarm a thread, and I get little or no support from knowledgeable readers. That community seems to have a problem with diversity. The admin Tenkiv has banned me from that community. I would appreciate it if you would please contact Tenkiv (via G+ or hello@tenkiv.com) and put in a good word for me. If voices of reason are silenced, then then our future will look very bleak.
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+Russ Paielli I presented all the usual advantages of nuclear. The more ardent solar/wind idealogs have a problem with that. Tenkiv voiced no criticisms of anything I said.
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Almost every nuclear energy plant closed or never built is replaced by a natural gas plant. There are 6 new natural gas plants built for each wind/solar plant in the US. Natural gas is as bad as coal for climate change. US energy is still 85% fossil.

A vote against nuclear energy is a vote for famine.
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Any energy source has several costs:
1)  The permitting 
2)  The fuel
3)  The hardware
4)  The maintenance and operation
5 ) The environmental damage
6)  The end-of-life cleanup
7)  The risk
8)  Anything else?
Thorium might be great. But, compared to wind or solar, it suffers on permitting, fuel, environmental damage, clean-up, and risk. Think, far in the future, do you want people living with thorium mines tearing up the landscape, and centralized power generation, or localized solar and wind? 

No, gas puts out about half the CO2 as coal per unit of heat produced, And, gas fired power plants are usually more efficient than coal fired power plants, and coal has a bunch of other nasty pollutants that natural gas doesn't have.

 Still, give renewables a chance, simply by accounting for ALL the costs. 
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A worthwhile read is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LFTR#Difficulties

One of the difficulties listed is the loss of delayed neutrons, primarily in the heat exchanger. Why couldn't the heat exchanger be located close to the core and enveloped by the thorium salt blanket?
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Notice that they have a primary (core), secondary, tertiary, coolant loop with the separate containment barriers vessels shown on the last figure as well, so this is the same number of release barriers as an LWR..........Of course loosing water and heating the core destroys the first barrier in water, and that produces hydrogen whose explosions took out Fukushima's second (pressure vessel) and third (containment building) barriers, and you don't have that with this plant.

I have always been nervous about having a graphite moderator in these liquid fueled reactors.  Although the coolant doesn't react with the air/water, the graphite could if they leaked in, with air being the more likely to happen, unless you have nitrogen gas in the inner vessel instead of air.  If something goes wrong and you dump the core to the passively cool tank due to an air in-leakage, then the 750 C graphite is exposed to air.  But, if you accidentally dumped too much fissile in and it heated up to 850 C or 1000 C and then you dumped the core, rather than ride it out, and there was an air in-leakage, then the graphite is at 850 C or 1000 C and graphite spontaneously ignites above 800 C.  So you get a fire in a low pressure system that then increases the pressure.  Since you can't drain 100% of the fluid and some of the fission products get absorbed into the graphite, when you get a fire you could release those residual fission products.  Depending on the size of the fire and amount of air leaking in determines the amount of leakage.  Yes, you don't have near the inventory to release as in an LWR, but any amount in an accident is an uncertainty that will ruin your day, and the name of the MSR's reputation.  That is one of the reasons I am leaning against a thermal graphite moderated plant and toward a fast plant.

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Let Detroit stand as one more painful example of what becomes inevitable when a government chronically overspends. Make no mistake; inevitably this kind of pain will hit other cities, states and America itself.
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Software Developer at Google, Nuclear Energy Advocate
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Professional software developer for 25+ years.
 
I'm an environmental advocate, specializing in energy production technologies. I have read much and am convinced our best energy option currently is nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is much safer and cleaner than people perceive. Burning coal and petroleum are much more harmful than people know, and all fossil fuels should be taxed for the damage the do. Natural gas may emit more greenhouse gas than coal. Wind and solar are diffuse and not yet economical. Far less than 1% of our energy comes from solar/wind.

Many anti-nukes assume that pro-nukes are anti-environment and establishmentarian. I am ultra-green. I believe in steep taxes on carbon, minerals and fresh water. We could boost our economy based on green technologies and practices.

I am at best a lukewarm supporter of our current nuclear industry and the NRC. Even though nuclear energy has saved lives and has been good for the environment, the industry has mismanaged itself badly. The industry has lied to the public and done a very bad job of educating the public. The NRC is a bunch of political stuffed shirts who are hell bent on doing pretty much nothing. Both the industry and our corrupt federal government have been opposed to research and development of improved nuclear energy technologies, especially LFTR and other fast reactors. As a result, our advancement of nuclear science (our best hope for the future) has pretty much been at a standstill since 1970. I have never worked in the nuclear power industry. I have no family or close friends in the industry. Nor am I financially invested in it. The only motivation I have to support nuclear power is that it is our most underused option to save the biosphere.
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