Re: Nuclear power


Farans Kalosar
 

I think that it cannot be a part of the solution within capitalist society, but might be in a future socialist society.
I had some ideas about that some years back. Part of it was the notion that you can't trust many nuclear "experts"--even IMO brilliant ones like Kirk Sorenson--because they are all "entrepreneurs" and everything they say past a certain point is sales talk, which can never be trusted. They all have firms and are trying to sell product and win contracts.

There was supposed to be a modular thorium MSR (I think) called Thorcon--reportedly under contract to the Indonesian government through a sketchy outfit called Martingale, that could be build in shipyards like a Liberty Ship and just dispatched to any port of call under Free Enterprise. I haven't heard anything about this recently. Perhaps it's still just talk or a bunch of MOUs.

We may be seeing a perfect example of where Free Enterprise could create a nuclear disaster in the current craze for  "small modular nuclear reactors"--small "conventional" fission reactors that are supposed to be cranked out on assembly lines and perhaps sold like so many cheap garden tractors at Home Depot or on Amazon.

I doubt that anyone has addressed the problem of deploying so many little nukes everywhere like boxes of crayons without any kind of rigorous regulatory regime--which admittedly may not be what is proposed, but there still seems to me to be an obvious danger that nobody AFAIK has addressed. Of course, this bold and edgy innovation would require Free Enterprise to be liberated from the as it were homosexual constraints of a functional regulatory scheme and inspections and such like "old" sissy stuff.  

Can you imagine YouTube filling up with Will-It-Start videos about these things, discovered rotting in the bushes on farms and former billionaire estates?

I've always respected Dave Walters for having the courage to take the position that he took in the teeth of the Gea Tellus "spiritual" piss-drinking crackpot antinuke left--and Louis also, though his position was well-reasoned and IMO compelling, especially given the utter untrustworthiness of the so-called nuclear "industry."  It's good to hear about technology from someone with a real background in the stuff, though nukes are a hard think no matter who is presenting them.

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