1. Duncan

    Peter,
    Thanks for your input.
    As you said the acceptance of nuclear power generation is accelerating with close to 1,000 stations now operating and/or planned. I wonder to what extent the public acceptance is informed or is it driven by glossy accounts of the technology un-tempered by some grim facts? The nuclear stations are built mostly near centres of population and industry where the customers are situated and unlike say, a gas powered generating plant where the consequences of a mishap are localised, a nuclear accident can send contamination for thousands of miles. Why do the boffins not respect the precautionary principle?

  2. Simnon Appel

    It “seems” that the world is powering ahead. So may experts can’t all be wrong – or could they be?
    In spite of the evidence of past accidents, it seems we are learning.
    It might be worth comparing the number of nuclear facilities with the number of accidents, over the years, and then to appreciate the measures adopted to reduce the accident risks.
    I am not familiar with these numbers, and am certainly not “nuclear wise”.

    • Duncan

      Simon,
      Thanks for your input.
      Like you I’m not ‘nuclear wise’ but it seems to me that many experts can indeed be wrong, as demonstrated by thalidomide for example. There are numerous other examples of expert failings! In the case of nuclear power it has always been the ‘human element’ that has failed, for example failure to do a conservative risk assessment on siting of the plant, failing to conduct testing procedure properly, failing to warn radiation-exposed citizens of danger etc. I am motivated by the observation that our Probus speaker did not address this aspect, and did not answer my question in a frank manner. Maybe he does not know the answer either?

  3. Peter McGregor

    “After the public acceptance setback of Fuku­shima, nuclear is powering ahead. It generates 11 per cent of the world’s energy from about 450 reactors in thirty countries. And thirteen other countries are building new capacity. Nuclear is growing remarkably fast in China, with generation increasing by 25 per cent in 2016 and 15 per cent in 2017. An additional forty-seven reactors are under construction or planned. Throughout the world more than 400 new nuclear power plants are in that category or proposed.”
    From a current article by Tony Grey on Growing Support for Nuclear Power.
    Seems as though we are being left behind.
    Peter McGregor

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