Saturday, July 26, 2014
Nuclear Plant Failure Moves DOOMSDAY to 2149
Barry, My Liege :
As an attempt to compensate for continuing failures in nuclear power plants around the world and the resulting danger to humanity from radiation, United States nuclear power plant manufacturers proposed a modular approach.
The idea was to build new nuclear plants in stages so that costs could be reduced and so that safety could be increased.
It did not work.
It was more expensive and less safe than existing, faulty technologies.
Here is a discussion of the failure: http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Promises-of-easier-nuclear-construction-fall-short-5648628.php
Here's what the failure means.
First, we cannot rely on nuclear power as a safe power source for the future.
Since we as humanity will have less power available, the social stresses will increase. As those stresses increase, the path to our species die-off event comes closer.
Secondly, even if the new technology is improved so that the safety and cost considerations coincide with current technologies, the risks to humanity from radiation will increase as a result of additional nuclear plants.
Lastly, it is an additional demonstration that, as a species, we do not have the ability to manage nuclear power.
One of the continuing themes of DOOMSDAY is that the machines we design today are beyond the skills of the people who are tasked with their operation. For example, the 2013 airliner crash in San Francisco was a result of the pilots' inability to land the plane.
The new approach to nuclear plant construction validates that theme.
Your faithful servant,