QUOTE(elmo @ Jan 9 2006, 09:38 PM)
Not ugly. Better than looking at sellafield, and a lot safer!
Where I live, if sellafield went up, that would be us lot gone! Don't pollute as much. There's some on Caldbeck fells and I think they look quite majestic. Give your eye something to focus on while looking at the scenery.
I am not pro Nuclear energy but the impact of wind farms is big. They have dicovered that coastal wind farms have a BIG impact on migration patterns, breeding patterns of sea life. In particular Whale, dolphins, fish etc. On land they can produce shock waves and low levels of radiation. They are a significant danger to wild life in particular birds. Please be opened mind about the impact of so called clean energy. There is no such thing and the impact isn't always obvious. In terms of so call renewable energy Britain could get less than 20% of it energy from these sources, the reality of this is that a energy mix is needed.
The only real problem of Nuclear energy is disposal in terms of environmental impact it is very low and far cleaner than many of the renewables people are so keen on even friends of the earth have reviewed it usage which is a reflection on how bad things have got. (Just a note here they still do NOT support its usage). I spent many years marching against nuclear power in this country after Windscale and other events but have over the last couple of year come to the conclusion that we will have little choice in the future in my opinion its not if but when we start using it.
Research programs such have JET have come a long way in the last 30 years but they are still away of developing working power stations and when they do the British government havnt even said they would use it.(JET = Joint European Torus basically fusion research. It is based in Oxfordshire and is the largest experiment of its type in the world, I wounder how many people know of it?)
Oil companies, succesive governments and demand for cheap energy have put us in our current position and are we learning from out mistakes:
a) We can produce hydrogen power cars. Most patents are held by oil companies who wount release them until they have squeezed has much out of oil first.
Methane power cars can be produced. (See above).
c) Coal power stations can burn clean with filters. These are expensive and the government will not bear the cost, the generator wouldnt bear the cost because this would significantly increase he cost to consumers. Besides which since the Iron Lady destroyed the coal industry we would have to import coal form open cast sites in Europe/Africa/Canada and Australia.
d) We dont design, place our houses properly in this country. Legislation on solar panel etc is needed there is no reason every new house couldnt prove its own energy for lighting, battery storage these days is such that this can be done reliably.
So no we are not learning and we are far more advance than many countries.
Sorry I know its all waffle but I could go on for hours on this subject it close to my heart I and many others are biting our tounges and resisting the we told you so statement.
I believe there is an answer but if it needs human input there will always be issues which will stop the solution becoming freely available. Government will tax, energy companies will patent/charge, consumer will insist on paying rock bottom prices.....
Sits crys and worries for his children but knows that in the long run the planet earth will recover, the cost of this recovery will probably be the extinction of human kind!