One of the ‘dangers’ of being labeled a liberal is that I hold many positions that aren’t traditionally considered liberal. That may not seem like a danger to many other people, but it’s never fun being hunted down by a mob of angry environmentalists.
Which is not to say I’m against the environment. But my support for something like this might get me banned from a lot of ‘green’ parties:
Nuclear power plants smaller than a garden shed and able to power 20,000 homes will be on sale within five years, say scientists at Los Alamos, the US government laboratory which developed the first atomic bomb.
The reactors, only a few metres in diameter, will be delivered on the back of a lorry to be buried underground. They must be refuelled every 7 to 10 years. Because the reactor is based on a 50-year-old design that has proved safe for students to use, few countries are expected to object to plants on their territory. An application to build the plants will be submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission next year.
‘You could never have a Chernobyl-type event – there are no moving parts,’ said Deal. ‘You would need nation-state resources in order to enrich our uranium. Temperature-wise it’s too hot to handle. It would be like stealing a barbecue with your bare hands.’
How freaking cool is that!?
The one issue that I sided with McCain with over Obama was his stance on nuclear power. I’ve done my own research, and to me it looks like nuclear energy is the way to go if we want to ween ourselves off the oil and coal. Obviously we can work on other technologies like solar power and wind power, but nuclear power is the only thing currently out there that can compete with oil for the amount of electricity that Americans use.
It is also incredibly safe and clean. These mini reactors, over 10 years, would allegedly only produce a softball-sized amount of waste. And most of it could be recycled and used as fuel for another reactor! How can the amount of pollution that we pump into the air every 10 years even compare to less than a softball of nuclear waste?
I think a key problem with some of my environmentalist friends is that they hold an irrational bias against nuclear power. Perhaps it’s the word ‘nuclear’? There’s a lot of baggage there. When one sees that word, the next word you think is usually ‘bomb’. Or perhaps it’s the cooling towers? I didn’t even know until a few years ago that those massive smokestacks are not pumping radiation or pollution into the air…just steam.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I definitely want my own reactor in my back yard.
If nothing else, it will make me feel like the Bond-villain every evil atheist truly wants to be…