Re: I seem to remember
"And thats the problem. So much public "knowledge" of the problem is nothing more than faith."
I've worked in the energy sector, have a mate who is a nuclear engineer, and another who 'buys' energy for the nation as a day job. Just because I'm not agreeing, it's not grounds for saying that I don't understand the maths. What are your qualifications in the field, if I may ask?
"Fission reactors are mostly horrifically expensive to construct because of the red tape"
Damn all those safety regulations and public opinion, eh?
The answer is not to trample public opinion and make them jump through less safety inspections and other red tape though really, is it?
Ultimately, public opinion does matter; hence my comment that building them in a centralised manner a long way from anywhere is the way to make fission viable to the majority.
"we would not need to be "scattering our nations" with them, as we would need less than the number of coal or gas plants"
I know. But still more than one or two for a piece of land the size of the UK. That's 'scattering our nations', to my mind.
"they are less difficult to remove (and leave the environment radioactive in the surrounding area www.scientificamerican.com/article/coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-waste/)"
Wow, really? Not convinced.
And ash is indeed unpleasant. Burning black rocks is not the answer to the problem; we can agree on that.
"and the waste produced is actually only deemed unsafe because of the paranoia of people."
Depends what flavour. Plenty of it is VERY nasty. And it's often not the fission waste but the equipment it's been in contact with that's the problem. Ultimately though, if the majority of the public disapprove then it's not viable, because we are lucky and live in a democracy. yeah, it sucks. And I'm not saying that fission is an out-and-out bad idea because 'radiation is bad, innit'; I'm saying that it's not viable for us to build a dozen plants in a nation as densely populated as the UK because there are some issues with it historically which have ensured that the majority of the voting public won't accept it.
"Nuclear "waste" is mostly less radioactive than the soil of Devon or any other area on granite bedrock."
Yes, but 'mostly' doesn't really cut it in such cases, unfortunately. Would you fly in a plane which was only 5% lethal?
" The reactors are far less of a danger than coal, oil or gas overall, but people are not interested in the hundreds of thousands of deaths from these every year, as they are not sensational."
True. but -historically - people have a damn good reason not to want to live next to a fission plant.