9-21-2016 Every nuclear generating station spews about two-thirds of the energy it burns inside its reactor core into the environment. Only one-third is converted into electricity. Another tenth of that is lost in transmission. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists:
Every day large reactors like the two at Diablo Canyon, California individually dump about 1.25 billion gallons of water into the ocean at temperatures up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the natural environment. Diablo’s “once-through cooling system” takes water out of the ocean and dumps it back superheated, irradiated and laden with toxic chemicals. Many U.S. reactors use cooling towers which emit huge quantities of steam and water vapor that also directly warm the atmosphere. All nuclear reactors emit Carbon 14, a radioactive isotope, invalidating the industry’s claim that reactors are “carbon free.” And the fuel that reactors burn is carbon-intensive. And of course there’s the problem of nuclear waste. After more than a half-century of well-funded attempts we’ve seen no solution for the management of atomic power’s intensely radioactive waste.
The mining, milling, and enrichment processes needed to produce the pellets that fill the fuel rods inside the reactor cores all involve major energy expenditures, nearly all of it based on coal, oil, or gas. …There are no credible estimates of the global warming damage done by the intensely hot explosions at the four Fukushima reactors, or at Chernobyl, or at any other past and future reactor meltdowns or blowups. …
Overall the idea that atomic power is “clean” or “carbon free” or “emission free” is a very expensive misconception, especially when compared to renewable energy, efficiency and conservation. Among conservation, efficiency, solar and wind power technologies there are no global warming analogs to the heat, carbon and radioactive waste impacts of nuclear power. No green technology kills anywhere near the number of impacts of nuclear power. No green technology kills anywhere near the number of marine organisms that die through reactor cooling systems….
Nuclear fission is the most water intensive method of the principal thermoelectric generation options in terms of the amount of water withdrawn from sources. In 2008 nuclear power plants withdrew eight times as much freshwater as natural gas plants per unit of energy produced and up to 11 percent more than the average coal plant….
No terrorist will ever threaten one of our cities by blowing up a solar panel. But the nuclear industry that falsely claims its dying technology doesn’t cause global warming does threaten the future of our planet.
-Nuclear power protest in Derby, UK, Indymedia https://progressive.org/dispatches/nuclear-power-causes-global-warming/