NBC: Growing Alarm Over Ukraine Nuke Plant Shelling

August 7, 2022

What could go wrong?

One more demonstration of the relative safety of renewable energy.

2 Responses to “NBC: Growing Alarm Over Ukraine Nuke Plant Shelling”

  1. John Oneill Says:

    The Ukrainians are blowing up all the bridges on the lower Dneipr, to cut off the Russian troops north of the river. They have, however, avoided attacking the Dneipr hydro dam, just south of the Zaporizhie nuclear plant, as breaching it could release a flood that would destroy the city of Kherson, that they’re trying to liberate.
    Hydro power is usually classified as renewable, but dam breaches have killed more people than any other energy-related accidents.

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Coal power has killed more people by far than either when operating as intended, including via radioactive substances in a form that can get in direct contact with vulnerable lung tissue.

      Large retention dams are problematic on a lot of fronts, including ecologically. As with existing running nuclear power plants, it would be unwise to shut them down if they are still functioning (and the construction and siting costs are already sunk).

      [IMHO, Glen Canyon Dam should be shut down explicitly and in a controlled fashion rather than waiting for the Lake Powell reservoir to go to dead pool, knowing it will extend the life of Hoover/Mead.]


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