A nuclear reactor at the Tihange power station in Belgium has been shut down following a fire inside the plant. Germany has protested the power station near the border.
So the reactor is no longer in a state of criticality? This is a lucky escape especially considering it was shut down for cracks in its containment vessel, if coolant was lost there would be major problems and the internal pressure would cause a hydrogen explosion in the containment which would lead to radiation release. Its a real shame they don't make new reactors and shut these old ones down they had their place in the cold war but they are now redundant tech compared to new reactor cycles. Any country anywhere could pour a plants worth of funding into developing a MSRe and then pursue molten salts with thorium or spent fuel (nuclear waste) as fuel and get energy independence in a decade and a half. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVCx5kZhLHo
>following a fire in a non-nuclear section of the plant
Oh look, absolutely fucking nothing. Of course it makes national news here in Germany though because MUH NUCULAR BOOGEYMAN FUCKUSHIMI CANCERNOBYL I hate this cuntry.
Germany's stance on nuclear power is ridiculous. They'd rather pollute the air with smoke from burning trash than run safe, clean and reliable nuclear stations, all in the name of the environment! Absurd.
I know so many Greens who hate nuclear power, they think solar and wind power will be all we need (in fucking Europe, solar power?) and simply won't listen to any pro-nuclear power arguments. I've been accused of being a paid shill for the nuclear industry, people will employ real /pol/-tier "reasoning" to support their anti-nuclear screed.
It's frustrating. Any strong opinion or ideology I have have been tainted by some idiot somewhere, and other idiots try to remind me of that:
nuclear is good -> japanese industry is corrupt and fukushima happened
we have to take care of the environment -> green parties are idiot treehuggers that discredit themselves like idiots
lax immigration policies will bring long-term demographic tensin tension -> but that's nazi!!
capitalism can't go unchecked -> people remind me of Mao's 80 million highscore
communism won't work like that -> suddenly I'm told I'm part of the indoctrinated masses
all there's left for general acceptance is the lowest common denominator, and that usually mean ideologies that let you be content with doing doing half-assed attempts to save the world, without the effort of introspection to know if you are doing the right thing.
both the hard right and hard left ruin this world.
Yes, the tendency to rush to the most extreme counter-example is a real problem with today's public dialogues. act is, our societies are just too divided to reach any kind of consensus, which means politicians play it safe and listen to the loudest bleating, and that comes from the kind of person who wants to make a difference, but doesn't want to have to think for himself.
#HashTagPolitics #WesternDecline #GasTheDutch
Yes it is very sad and its one of the biggest reasons we are still using these old shitty plants the government strictly regulated the industry but environmentalists will never be pleased and anything with the word nuclear in it automatically conjurers up images of nuclear bombs going off in their overly emotional reactionary minds.
I remember /sci/ talking about thorium/LFTR/MSR back in 2011 an not long after /pol/ was going mad about it too but now the people of /pol/ barely remember it or its great potential. Funny how things change as the userbase changes, many on /pol/ now don't even seem to know such a thing exists.