Nuclear PowerMay 22nd, 2008 | By Jonathan Golob | Category: Nukes
Nuclear power, long reviled as a dangerous source of energy, is on the verge of a comeback. That’s because a growing body of scientists, politicians and environmental activists see atomic energy as part of the solution for global warming and our ever-growing dependence on foreign oil, much of it from nations that, if not downright hostile toward us, certainly don’t share our values.
It’s time we talked about nukes. For most, the opinions run deeper than knowledge. I’m going to attempt a brief series on the physics of nuclear power plants, the parts needed to build a reactor, the biological effects of radiation, nuclear waste, the two biggest fiascoes in commercial nuclear power and finally talk about what a new nuclear power plant should look like.