I posted this yesterday at Daily Kos – under a different title “Nuclear is Not the Answer”. The pro- nuke shills immediately descended upon the diary and I’m only now coming up for breath. Maybe some folks here will read it for what it’s about – our current (and future) shortage of cool water is a major problem for nuclear plants.
Here’s the diary:
Nuclear power is not the answer to global climate change. Other than the safety issues connected to nuclear waste, which are pretty well-publicized, there is a major problem with thermal load, which is not so well known.
Nuclear plants need cool water for cooling. Hotter water temperatures in the Tennessee River this summer caused TVA to suspend operations at their Browns Ferry Plant. Browns Ferry is downstream from 3 other TVA nukes which had already heated up the river to a point to prohibit further heating.
France and Germany have had the same problem – in the 2003 heat wave. The rivers on which their nuclear plants were built were heating up beyond their environmental agenies’ standards for aquatic life. A choice had to be made between nuclear power and the health of their rivers and aquatic life.
As folks who read the great diary this weekend on Atlanta’s water shortage must recognize, with climate change and rising temps, the cool water necessary for nuke plants will be a scarcity