Priest of the cult of the Dog with the Broken Paw
- Jun 17, 2011
I remember being told by an engineer in the UK nuclear industry that Chernobyl couldn't have happened here even if a similar sequence of errors occurred. There was a failsafe that was built into UK reactors (I don't know if it was ALL of them!) that would automatically dump inert material on the reactor core if it ran out of control. It would render the reactor permanently useless. I assume it couldn't be turned off by a lazy operative...I think the main objection to nuclear power is one of perspective.
I mean, it's radiation innit?
We hear about all the accidents and contamination (quite rightly), but we never get to hear about the fail safes.
Oh, and waste disposal is a major concern too.
The biggest issue I have is the drive to make reactors, and energy generation stations, cheaper. Cost-cutting seems to be one of the largest factors in many incidents.
I should make it clear that my position is that climate change is occurring, but that man-made CO2 is not the cause. And that we meddle with the climate (as Bill Gates is proposing) at our great peril.