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I currently cant espouse everything I'd like to say on this topic, but when I get home in about two/three hours I will do.
Currently most UK/EU members should be aware that Blair is pushing for nuclear power to be the solution to the UK's energy problems since north sea oil and gas is currently on the wrong side of next to nothing.
I personally believe that "green" alternatives are currently too inefficient to satisfy demand and wont do for a good few years to come. Nuclear power, or revised fossil fuel power of greater efficiency (but for some reason, although it works well is always put down for being "old" technology. Knives and forks are old, but you dont see anyone complaining about them) is an off the shelf solution that, given maybe a slight overriding of planning permissions, or reusing existing government sites, can provide a realistic solution in as little as five years, give or take.
There is the problem of nuclear waste, but secure storage of small volumes shouldnt be a problem due to XYZ number of handy disused mines lying around the UK.
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Even if they stick nuclear waste down the mines and in concrete crates nuclear waste is not even known whether it will dissapear or not and even if it does it takes centuries and in that time the mines will easily fill up and thus they'll have to find somewhere else to store nucleur waste however i'm going to be really far fetched and say we could fire the nucleur waste into space but then again that's very expensive by space craft and i don't think it's possible otherwise!Originally Posted by Phobos
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I believe there has been a similar thread pertaining to this topic. In any case, I believe that nuclear power is unhealthy, no matter contained and "safe" it might be. As the old adage goes, "What comes around, goes around" and whilst we may not suffer the consequences of nuclear power today, our descendants certainly will.
The burning of fossil fuels generates a large portion of greenhouse gas and is a large factor in the causing of acid rain. As mentioned beforehand, whilst we may not feel the effects of such seemingly insignificant factors, the same cannot be said for our future generations. Greenhouse gas will raise the average global temperature, causing glaciers in the mountains to melt, resulting in an increase in sea levels.
The United Kingdoms, like Australia, are already burning large amounts of fossil fuels, causing not only greenhouse gas, but also acid rain. Your country may not feel its effects due to heavy buffering in its soil, but others do. An issue that you may be aware of is the problem of Transboundary Pollution, whereby the acid rain produced in the United Kingodms is transported through the atmosphere by south-westerly winds towards countries such as Norway and Finland.
These countries have a notoriously weak resistance to acid rain and as such are suffering because the United Kingdom produces such a large amount of fossil fuels, their lakes becoming highly acidic, causing a dramatic shift in ecosystems and trees dying due to a lack of sustenance.
Nevertheless, the lack of power generated by wind farms and solar farms also means that the UK will need more of these, taking up valuable space.
Last edited by Schmeag; November 30th, 2005 at 11:25.
Well there really is no easy answer to this, I would prefer them to convert to a greener power source however the problem with that would be expense and as a matter of course the government will take what it consieders to be the cheaper alternative as such, converting every house in britain to run off of solar power would be cheaper in the long run and better for the enviroment (although there are still problems with that at the moment) however most ministers in parliment only think in 5 year terms.
I think nuclear power is important.
All those that are against it better be supporting renewable energy, and still have the opinion that nuclear power is better than coal power.
You're a fool otherwise. You're already a bit of a fool though, believing that renewable energy alone can power a nation such as the UK.
If, however, you argue that nuclear power encourages complacency, as we don't see the nuclear waste, and won't devote enough research into cleaner renewable sources of energy, then I see there's no fool in you.
I still think we need to start using nuclear power more heavily, it is that much better than fossil fuels.
Well the amount of electricty if you had solar panels in your roof that you would accumlate in a day of average british sunshine would be enough to power the average household for a year the only problem that is current with solar power is storing the energy that is produced.
Solar panels are not cheap and are also quite difficult to maintain, their effectiveness decreasing over a period of time.Originally Posted by Mikhail the Heretic
Of course. But solar panels also lose effectiveness the longer they are used. As the solar panel wears down the voltage transmitted through it begins to decline. Not only is it cheap, it is also ineffective. The power generated to supply the house would eventually decline. This would soon require replacement of the solar panels.Originally Posted by Mikhail the Heretic