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Thread: New study: nuclear saves millions of lives compared to fossil fuel, and lowers Co2

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    Default New study: nuclear saves millions of lives compared to fossil fuel, and lowers Co2

    2 scientists from Nasa's Goddard institute have calculated that nuclear power has prevented 1.84 million deaths:

    Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes | Chemical & Engineering News

    Using historical production data, we calculate that global nuclear power has prevented about 1.84 million air pollution-related deaths and 64 gigatonnes (Gt) CO2-equivalent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that would have resulted from fossil fuel burning. Based on global projection data that take into account the effects of Fukushima, we find that by mid-century, nuclear power could prevent an additional 420,000 to 7.04 million deaths and 80 to 240 GtCO2-eq emissions due to fossil fuels, depending on which fuel it replaces.
    Surely Ireland should now be looking to nuclear power, albeit likely in conjunction with the UK ?

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    Nuclear is not commercial and can only work when the State underwrites all the risks.

    The privateers make the profits and the taxpayers pick up the tab.

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    Beyond doubt we should, but God help the politician who raises it.
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    Isn't there supposed to be even some sort of dáil ban discussing Nuclear Energy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPN View Post
    Nuclear is not commercial and can only work when the State underwrites all the risks.

    The privateers make the profits and the taxpayers pick up the tab.

    No thanks.
    It's a trade-off, the financial risk assessment looks at the value to a country of energy security and budgetable expenditure vs the possibility of failure in various scenarios.

    Have a read of this: http://www.iaea.org/nuclearenergy/nu...P_AbuDhabi.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberianpan View Post
    2 scientists from Nasa's Goddard institute have calculated that nuclear power has prevented 1.84 million deaths:

    Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes | Chemical & Engineering News



    Surely Ireland should now be looking to nuclear power, albeit likely in conjunction with the UK ?

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    Oh for the love of all thats holy, another waste of internet bandwith.

    For a start the UK will have enough on its hands keeping the lights on from 2015, the first new UK nuclear plant is now likely to be completed in 2022 at the earliest.

    And we already use UK generated electricity in Ireland and shock horror, there are no border guards checking the electrons passports to see where they came from.
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    The study doesn't appear to account for workplace deaths such as in coal mines, oil rigs etc. If I recall correctly, nuclear power is also much safer on that count.

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    But.... Look at how we run the health service.... Can you imagine Jackie Healy Rae getting a nuclear reactor for his constituency?

    All for nuclear power but need a proper state first
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    Most of these deaths would be in heavily carbon polluted asian cities and their hinterlands. These deaths arent really relevant to us as we don't have much pollution from burning carbon fuel.

    Nuclear proliferation throughout central and south-east asia might help mitigate those deaths, is that what ya want?

    Sure in a few years Fusion technology might be widely available, this would help those countries more.

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    Fusion is still decades away, if practical at all. There are alternatives to straight up uranium or plutonium nuclear power though. Thorium and waste burning reactors spring to mind.

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