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"One of the most oft-cited reasons the US needs more nuclear power is the fear of AGW. Given that AGW was over-hyped and that CO2 isn't the driver of global climate that many wish it was and that there now seems to be an abundance of natural gas, let alone coal, what are some other reasons the US should be investing in nuclear?" WHAT? That's not an interview question, that's some kind of political statement buried in an otherwise-reasonable interview. What's with the random, off-topic denial of scientific consensus?
@Anoymous: except it's *not* scientific fact, it's theory primarily based on computer models. Computer models that keep being changed to produce the results the GW cabal wants to market to the masses. Have we already forgotten about the leaked emails proving that data was being manipulated to produce the results they wanted to produce?
The worst part of the whole thing is it tarnishes any attempt at pollution reduction because it becomes a politically charged issue (just look at your response, you reacted like someone said your religion was wrong or stupid). Even without AGW coal is still a terrible energy source compared to nuclear. We don't need it to cause global problems to see the terrible effect it has on local air quality or the destruction it brings to the beautiful places they mine it from. Drive through West Virginia sometime and you'll see how terrible it is. I've worked at a coal power plant doing computer work and all the HVAC vents are ringed with black and there is nasty dust everywhere and in everything. It's terrible. Then we have the issue of dumping endless cash into the most violent part of the planet to get our petroleum when we could spend the money at home on nuclear tech.
We don't need the politically charged and questionable AGW excuse to move away from the two main flavors of fossil fuels. Common sense and general pollution reduction should be excuse enough.
Btw, Atomic Awakenings was excellent. I've ordered this book just now and am excited to read it!
I read the book and very much enjoyed it. The only item missing is that nuclear power can replace coal which spews Mercury into the biosphere and is making vast numbers of human beings more stupid. The problem could bring down civilisation. Look it up. Jack apgar, Perth Australia.