Comment #2 to Bloomberg BNA about “New Nuclear Tech Won’t Help U.S. Avoid ‘Profound’ Climate Problem07.Jul.2018
John Shanahan, civil engineer, president of Environmentalists for Nuclear - USA: Comment #2 on Bloomberg BNA article, Nuclear won't avoid climate problem, (Bobby Magill). Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass) describes challenges of “impacts of climate change on dangerous nuclear waste.” If the ideas in this article are implemented and the reasoning about catastrophic man-made climate change, etc., and dangerous nuclear waste turn out to be wrong, the consequences of going without fossil fuels, permanently disposing of hazardous nuclear waste (used nuclear fuel), and not using the approximate 99% available energy in the uranium ore stored in depleted uranium and used nuclear fuel will certainly be a disaster for humanity.
John Shanahan, civil engineer, President of Environmentalists for Nuclear - USA: China, France, Russia, South Korea are countries with a bright future for nuclear power, even oil exporting countries have plans for nuclear power. The United States has minimal plans beyond the first generation of commercial power plants. This is disgraceful. The anti-nuclear organizations, spokespersons, and the public that agree with them can cheer for the moment. Modern societies need fossil fuels and nuclear power to prosper for the long term future. Things have to change and will.
Reuters, Alina Selyukh: Although no U.S. company now reuses its nuclear waste, the country has a long-running history with the technology. Following are timeline highlights of the U.S. inquiry into reprocessing and events that framed it. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton were most influential in stopping reprocessing of used nuclear fuel. This material along with depleted uranium from enrichment programs can provide all the electrical energy needs at 1994 levels for over 700 years. If our enemies took this much energy away from America, there would be all out war. But our Presidents and Congress can do that without much of a stir from the American people.
Jerry Paul, nuclear engineer and attorney who served with the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration: Completing the MOX Project is vitally important for America’s nuclear energy industry which has seen plants around the country close prematurely resulting in lost American jobs and a loss of an emission-free electricity supply. As our own nuclear supply chain atrophies, international rivals like China and Russia, surge ahead.