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Oceania Nuclear Power

Discussion in 'Oceania Discussion Boards' started by CCD, Feb 10, 2007.

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Nuclear Power

Poll closed Mar 24, 2012.
Nuclear all the way! 4 vote(s) 28.6%
Nuclear plus clean coal 4 vote(s) 28.6%
Clean coal only 0 vote(s) 0.0%
Just burn whatever, who cares (ie dirty coal) 0 vote(s) 0.0%
Let's live in teepees (ie renewable energy) 6 vote(s) 42.9%
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  1. CCD Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Oct 1, 2002
    star 4
    Personally I am fully in favour of nuclear power plus clean coal. It seems like a safe, high-tech solution to a lot of problems. Also, we have loads of coal and uranium to dig up and sell to people, so it makes sense to develop those two industries.

    How would you power our country?
  2. Star_Rocker Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jan 16, 2006
    star 4
    Renewable Energy FTW!!!
    In New Zealand
  3. HawkNC Former RSA: Oceania

    Member Since:
    Oct 23, 2001
    star 6
    I'm yet to be convinced that "clean coal" can be done without rebuilding every coal-fired power station in Australia (retrofitted units aren't really effective), but every bit helps. A mix of cleaner coal, gas turbine, nuclear and renewable energy is the best option for us, IMO. (If anyone's interested, this site explains clean coal pretty well if you're not sure what it actually entails.)

    That said, we won't see nuclear power in Australia for many decades to come.
  4. Shadowfire Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jul 14, 1998
    star 4
    Nucular power all the way baby.
  5. Tyi-Maet_Nefer Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jun 17, 2005
    star 6
    I personally have no problem either way, nuke or clean. But like Hawk said a mix would be the best, as you can't rely solely on one of them too much.
  6. CCD Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Oct 1, 2002
    star 4
    Perhaps I should explain to our lone teepee dweller that's not what I really meant. Obviously we would still live in houses, we would just have no power :p

    I suppose everyone has heard Bob Brown's genius ideas for reducing global warming? It's pretty bad when even climate change activists denounce you as crazy o_O
  7. Ender Sai Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Feb 18, 2001
    star 9
    Bob Brown is a Green, the only people who take him seriously rare wear shoes, wash, or stop smoking copious amounts of ganja. :)

    I'm personally amused by the increasingly populist Labor leader's position - no nuclear power but a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of the century. How?

    Nookulur all the way.

    E_S
  8. Silmarillion Manager Emerita/Ex RSA

    Member Since:
    Jul 20, 1999
    star 6
    More renewable energy. Tougher car emissions targets. Cleaner fuel. There's a raft of things that could be done. People forget that the Greens have been trumpeting this issue for yonks and they turned out to be right. What else could they be right on?

    As for nuclear power? Until they can figure out a way to make the waste product of the process harmless, I'm against it.

    EDIT: And just to put 60% in perspective, Schwarzenegger has set a target of 80% reduction in California for the same time scale.
  9. HawkNC Former RSA: Oceania

    Member Since:
    Oct 23, 2001
    star 6
    I'm a strong supporter of renewable energy and fuel (in fact I'm just finishing up a paper on the viability of different alternative fuels in Australia), but the average power consumption isn't going to decrease and renewable power - in its current form, at least - isn't able to provide that base load.

    RE waste issues: it's still an issue, but not nearly as much of one as it used to be. Reprocessing takes down the volume and radioactivity of the remaining waste, and the remainder can be stored safely. Contrary to what The Simpsons might tell you, high-level radioactive waste isn't stored in 44 gallon drums and put in the back shed. ;)
  10. MarvinTheMartian Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Mar 31, 2002
    star 5
    Coal is doing far greater harm to the planet than nuclear is. But both, we should go with.
  11. DunedinJedi Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Jan 22, 2007
    star 3
    heard of renewable enrgies why not make whole australia one suncollector you have surely enuff of it
  12. MarvinTheMartian Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Mar 31, 2002
    star 5
    To generate enough energy to power australia by Solar, every spare patch of dirt would have to be dedicated to solar panels [face_skull]
  13. Rilwen_Shadowflame Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Mar 27, 2005
    star 6
    Renewable.
    Why does no one ever worry about nuclear waste/accidents/etc? It's dangerous. It should be worried about.
  14. Katana_Geldar Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Mar 3, 2003
    star 8
    That's what I think, what about nuclear waste? Where does it go?

    [image=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/84/Simpsons_8F04.png]
  15. Rilwen_Shadowflame Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Mar 27, 2005
    star 6
    "It's all fun and games until somebody gains an eye..." :p
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