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Coal creates more than CO2.  Study what's in the ash, and what's legally released up the stack.

Wind is not a "low carbon" energy source -- it's dependent on climate change and is ravenous for resources -- coal, for example (look up how steel is made).  One large windmill has enough steel to build the largest nuclear reactor vessel ever made, which can generate >100x as much power, 24/7.  In contrast, windmills need rapidly-responding backup, typically gas turbines -- an emissions oops.
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I really enjoyed this video Alex, it is nice to see you again on Googe+. It is also nice to meet finally see your face.
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Really?  Has Murdoch's purchase of Nat Geo finally dumbed it down so much as to not know about "spent fuel" -- "have to be kept in water for years before they cool off".

Guess science isn't on Nat Geo's authors' resumes anymore.  Spent fuel is hot for the same reason the Earth has  an atmosphere -- decay heat in the planet's core.

But, spent fuel loses 99% of its heat in 1 day after shutdown and can be stored in open air after 90 days.  Danger, science approaching!...
www.energyfromthorium.com/javaws/SpentFuelExplorer.jnlp

"Plutonium will be radioactive for 240,000 years"  -- yes, that means it's not very radioactive, which is why it can be held in one's hand.

So let's see, who benefits form this disgraceful piece?  Oh yeah, the same folks who benefitted from closing Shoreham -- the coal & oil industries -- everyone's friends!  Murdoch's & Koch's for sure.  Yours?
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How can they broadcast this rubbish! 
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"A decade from now" for SMRs.  Thus, Moniz explains why we're giving away the world nuclear power market to China & Russia.  Had dinner with 13 folks from China Nuclear Power Construction last Fall.  They said clearly:  "We intend to dominate world nuclear-power markets."

Looks like our administration is aiding that intent.

"We have, of course, researched Thorium reactors." -- really?  Doesn't understand the U233/232 IAEA "self-protection" spec. where 2.4% U232 renders U233 self protective and non-proliferable.

Moniz seems to confirm he's a gas guy!
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Excellent.  This talk should be repeated and extended in June in Palo Alto...
www.thoriumenergyalliance.com
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Ah! I see. Yes well, all things are possible when someone else pays!!!
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Apparently, the anti-nuke 'industry' has been shaken by the facts of nuclear power's unmatched safety, and pieces like Pandora's Promise.

Seems that perhaps IEER's ArjunM, for example, is worrying that his IRS Form 990 'salary' of over $277,000, taken from contributions, might reveal more "inconvenient truths" about the other folks in the anti-nuke 'industry' as well.  Will Calidicott's book & speaking income be revealed next?  Will PSR's & NIRS' funding dispersals be discovered?

Will Gundersen's fibs about Bremsstrahlung in TEPCO's water storage tanks be next for exposure?  And was it Grossman or Wasserman who ignorantly predicted stored fuel-rod removals could cause explosions?

Stay tuned, all those who unethically mislead our public in a time of great need for clean power.
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Some refs...
AAAS Science, Vol 340, p678, 10 May 2013
www,thoriumremix.com  (2nd video graphic)
http://tinyurl.com/42wvr9l (1998)
www.unis.unvienna.org/unis/en/pressrels/2013/unisinf475.html  (2013 Fukushima)
http://cen.acs.org/articles/91/web/2013/04/Nuclear-Power-Prevents-Deaths-Causes.html
www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2012/06/10/energys-deathprint-a-price-always-paid/
www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-human-cost-of-energy
www.wano.info//article.cfm?id=the-human-cost-of-energy
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/?term=10.1289/ehp.1104294
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/prolonged-radiation-exposure-0515.html
www.latimes.com/science/la-me-west-coast-radiation-20140113,0,4048380.story#axzz2qLaxvaeX

Useful expose of the Fukushima radiation scare brigade...
http://deepseanews.com/2013/11/true-facts-about-ocean-radiation-and-the-fukushima-disaster/
http://deepseanews.com/2014/01/all-the-best-scientifically-verified-information-on-fukushima-impacts/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook
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Amazing.  We're supposed to think that nuclear reactors caused this guy's cows to starve?  The cause of the Fukushima disaster was known long before it happened -- the Japanese business/govt. tradition of collusion...   http://tinyurl.com/o852xg5

Followed by unnecessary evacuations that killed a few hundred folks.

Imagine, a govt & regulator allowing a company (TEPCO) to remove 25 meters of natural elevation from a seasides sight known for large tsunami.

Funny how this video keeps viewers ignorant by suggesting 0.008mSv is dangerous, when the normal background radiation from Japan's volcanic rock/soil is higher and people survive quite nicely in far higher radiation around the world, even as aircraft crews.
http://imgs.xkcd.com/blag/radiation.png
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRL7o2kPqw0&channel=1veritasium

But, this video seems to be used for other purposes, such as scasre mongering.

If one wants accurate Fukushima info...
http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html
http://www.fukushimaminponews.com/news.html?id=462
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I interpreted it as even though fukushima was hit worse than chernobyl. There's still
A decent life to be had.

30-40 years surviving on "contaminated" food and water. Many North Americans will die at 30-40 years on their own diets. 
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And, we need even more nuclear simply to address ocean acidification, which is on track to extinguish ocean food chains before 2050.  This is the most immediate, most dangerous threat to the planet.  Extinctions aren't reversible.  Climate & sea rise might be.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtQxF_3BSxQ 
http://tinyurl.com/nqfem24
http://tinyurl.com/n2qnos6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHxJxkVIEck

Visit AGU in SF next week, if around...  Booth 2617
http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2014/media-center/
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/270115937/1442989529?token=2364eb63
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Excellent, 2009 talk. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evfgbVjb688

Here's what some of us have been advocating more recently...
 http://tinyurl.com/n2qnos6  (acidification, Halper)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtQxF_3BSxQ 
http://tinyurl.com/nqfem24
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHxJxkVIEck
http://youtu.be/7Ew-iQTTNSE

And, come to the AGU conference in a week:  AGU  Booth 2617
http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2014/media-center/
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/270115937/1442989529?token=2364eb63

Only nuclear power, especially adavanced nuclear, can help us thwart acidification as well as other effects of CO2 emissions.
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Only one thing missing on our need for more nuclear power -- processing of materials needed to combat ocean acidification, which threatens ocean species, food chains & the natural carbon cycle.
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I enjoyed the Palo Alto Colloquia. You should post the slides up here on Google+, so people can discuss it.
Then again, it could bring out the butters.
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This trendy interface needs to be considerate of those with older eyes -- please stop with the grayed-out fonts already!
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As for safe energy, in all respects, watch Sorenson's video, and read the link below.

However, the problem we face with Al Gore, whom I've supported, is that he erred in becoming anti-nuclear without thoughtful examination.  It remains the safest form of mass generation ever deployed by mankind.  Al should think about why folks like James Hansen now advocate rapid nuclear deployments, as the Chinese, for example, are doing.

What also seems missing from Vice Pres. Gore's statements (and others; here) is that global warming & sea rise are peanuts compared to the real threat.  Combustion folks have already won.  They've converted >500 billion tons of fossil carbon to $ in their accounts.  And, they didn't even have to pay for the O2 they needed.  NASA has to!

The real threat is years away, not decades -- ocean acidification.  The seas' life forms provide most all carbon sequestration, as they die and their shells/skeletons form limestone on sea floors.  We are 0.1 pH away from shutting that down.  This makes oceans more nearly acidic now than at any time in the last 300 million years.

The natural carbon cycle via sea life & weathering can sequester <0.3 billion tons of carbon per year.  Our debt, in air & sea now is >500 billion tons,  Do the math. 

Read papers by Caldeira at Stanford, DePaolo at UC Berkeley, etc.  Even if all combustion stopped at the end of this sentence, more CO2 would continue to dissolve from air to seas, further acidifying them.  In just 150 years, we've moved all ocean pH half way to shutting down not only sequestration, but the food chains that sea life, and we, depend on.  If one thinks global warming is bad, sea rise is bad... then consider what is already happening in N. Atlantic waters and will continue to worsen, threatening about 20% of all human food protein -- that's what seas have delivered us and soon will not.

Pres. Kennedy was beginning a combustion-power solution in 1962:  http://tinyurl.com/6xgpkfa

The continuation of this path would have led us to zero combustion for power by about 2000.  The politics of the Cold War curtailed funding, however, so what Sorenson and I talk about in our links died for lack of funding in the '70s -- this despite successful safe nuclear prototypes operating in the '60s.  We got to the Moon, but we failed to stop trashing our home's carbon cycle.

Al needs to rethink his unwise anti-nuclear stance, as we all must.  The Chinese, Russians and others around the world are busy working to eliminate emissions via nuclear, because they know wind/solar 'farms' can't.

Our future has 3-legged, stable support in:  a) local solar, b) EVs & efficient storage, and c) advanced nuclear.  It's past time to act on that reality.

a) wasn't a reality in JFK's time,. It is today and still improving.  b) also was not practical -- it is becoming so now.  c) was practical in JFK's time and remains so -- the French have demonstrated for us all how nuclear power can eliminate emissions, and provide a major country with all the power it needs.  The "attach" button seems to have gone away, so the graph showing French triumph over emissions and nuclear ignorance will have to wait.

Al, in any  case, should know all this.  But now we need leadership on combating acidification via real action on ocean chemistry.  This is what we inherit by being foolishly anti-nuclear for decades.  Our descendents are looking back at us from the future.  We've not been doing well.  If we fail to prevent another 0.1 decrease in ocean pH, our descendents will have every right to spit on our graves.

Harsh?  Ma Nature doesn't care how dumb we are.  As the present Vice President said, among our rights is the "right to be stupid".  What that means is that others have to think and act, if any are to survive.

A decade or so ago, our energy debt was the need for 1GWe of non-emitting power put in operation every week.  Now, we need that every day, plus another, equal amount to provide materials to protect ocean chemistry.  Thus is our penance for ignorance, bias and sloth.
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