Thursday, December 31, 2009

Nuclear Energy Facts

Go to page three of the report to get to the lists by topic. Here are some of my favorites:

American nuclear decision-making process
2. Radiation treated as more harmful than other biological hazards, such as chemical or biological threats.
3. “Man-made” radiation declared more dangerous than same radiation from natural sources.
5. Nuclear charged up-front for decommissioning, insurance, financial viability, etc.
6. Unique multimillion-dollar licensing process continues despite 50-year, nearly flawless safety record.

American LWR commercial nuclear power plants
3. American commercial nukes have > 90% availability vs. 20-40% for wind or solar. No radiation deaths.
6. Nuclear power is potentially renewable. Enough fuel and “fertile material” to last for many millennia.
8. Peer-reviewed article in Science concludes American nukes cannot create a radiological catastrophe.
9. Yet NRC requires mass evacuation procedures, involving large numbers of people and organizations.
10. Government officials state: Predicting deaths from low-dose radiation is scientifically indefensible.
11. Yet radiation protection practice claims: There’s no safe radiation level; one gamma ray can kill you.

Wind and Solar Energy for the American electric power grid
  • Cannot supply power on demand. Electricity that is not dispatchable is hard to sell, and harder to store.
  • Shut down > 60% of the time, sometimes for long, unpredictable periods, over wide area.
  • Fossil plants backing wind-farms showing increased degradation from unaccustomed power swings.
  • Photovoltaic (PV) systems use highly toxic materials. Must be treated like radwaste, but forever.
  • PV panels on all US south-facing roofs could generate only few % of electrical output from one nuke.
  • Federal subsidies for wind-power total $23 per megawatt hour, vs. $1.59 for nuclear.
  • Federal subsidies for solar power total $24 per megawatt hour, vs. $1.59 for nuclear.
  • These tax-payer subsidies could buy nuclear electricity directly at market cost with money left over.
  • Windmills have reportedly caused 651 accidents, 61 deaths, from blade and ice-throw, fires, etc