Feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but I want to know why not nuclear energy as a solution to the fossil fuels issue.
Don't get me wrong, I support wind, earth, water whatever natural more environmentally solutions long term to get us off of whatever limited resources we have on this planet. But those technologies still seem to me to be several years away, and still need serious R&D.
But why is nuclear not looked at as a solution?
We have built great feats of engineering
Hoverdam, The Chunnel, Bridges that run across great expanses. We engineer very well as a species. We have even left the planet on a few occasions.
We understand Electro Magnetism and Radiation
to a degree that we use it safely in everyday life.
We know the dangers and we can engineer like nothing else on this planet.
I feel that as a species we could easily contain the waste if we put out minds to it.
There must be plenty of old metal mines (nickel, lead, copper, gold...) lining the Canadian shield for example. Your telling me that we cannot build a completely contained leak proof unit at the base of one of those for containment. Put a big marker up, some guards who understand what they are guarding.
As far as I understand the other major byproduct of nuclear is heat. We deal with heat all the time, that should simply be a matter of good engineering.
So I am curious, is does anyone else wonder about this.
I live close enough to the Ontario nuclear reactor that if something happened (not that anything would) I might be in the fallout zone (probably depending on winds). I still think that getting us off of oil and coal sooner is a better idea then waiting it out until the alternative energy catch-up in terms of requirement.
No matter how much we reduce we will still consume energy as a species, to stop would be to stop progress itself. We have come to far to turn back now I feel, why not take and embrace a ready solution at hand.