Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Nuclear Energy

Below is an excellent debate on nuclear energy. After viewing, it seems like our current nuclear technology is a much better option than our coal/oil infrastructure, but not nearly as good as full reliance on renewables. Practically, I imagine that we will have to rely on more nuclear plants in the short term. As Cambridge Physicist David McKay was quoted in the film, "I'm not trying to be pro-nuclear, I'm just pro-arithmetic."

That being said, I'm fully sure that powering reactors for energy infrastructure is a much better use of the uranium than for warheads. As mentioned briefly in the film, Megatons to Megawatts has been dismantling warheads and downgrading the uranium for use in power plants.

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