A World Without Chernobyl

A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Sionnach Glic » Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:21 pm

Something that popped into my head while discussing the viability of nuclear-powered aircraft-carrier dirigibles over in the BSG forum (TR-116 to the rescue!). Let's say that, for whatever reason, nuclear power doesn't become as controversial an issue as it is today. Instead, we keep the 1950's view of it being the way of the future and something that should be embraced, and the majority of people are all for increasing its use and commonness in everyday life.

What would things look like in such a world? Would it even be all that different from reality, or would things change quite a bit?
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Tsukiyumi » Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:28 pm

I'm sure we'd be using a lot more of it.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Tyyr » Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:37 pm

I'm not sure it would change all that much. You'd likely have a lot less interest in renewables and perhaps more interest in things like electric cars and the like.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Reliant121 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:57 pm

I'd say there would be less of the whole global warming debate. Sure, there'd be some inevitable global warming from combustion engines, but a major contributing factor, electricity generation, would probably be much more nuclear controlled.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Mikey » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:24 pm

I'm not sure too much would be different. Most people outside of Ukraine don't realize - or at least, don't pay any mind to - the fact that the area around Chernobyl is militarily-cordoned, and requires a time limit in hours for visitation, even for people in rad suits in the center of the area.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Aaron » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:33 pm

You should check this out, it's a website of a chick who rides her crotch rocket through the area.

Honestly, I think the idea that nuke=bad was already in the public consciousness before hand, Three Mile Island and dozens of films where bugs grow to ludicrous size from radiation hadn't helped things.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Tyyr » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:34 pm

Exactly, TMI and the China syndrome are the root of the anti-nuclear feeling in this country. Ironic since TMI was a stunning example of how safe, to the public, nuclear power really is.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Aaron » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:35 pm

Yeah, and folks totally ignore all the crap gas, coal and oil plants shat out.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Mikey » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:41 pm

Right, TMI was a perfect example of how these things safely respond to a problem.


IIRC, only the school and town right around the plant require rad suits. There's still a time limit for people within a 20 - 25 mile radius, though.

But you're right - there was anti-nuke sentiment well before Chernobyl (except for things like the USS Nautilus, because it's OK to do something bad if it means we can stick it to those red bastards. :lol:)
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Sionnach Glic » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:50 pm

Well the Chernobyl mention was just for the title. I actually meant "what if there was no anti-nuclear hysteria at all".
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Mikey » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:28 pm

Sionnach Glic wrote:Well the Chernobyl mention was just for the title. I actually meant "what if there was no anti-nuclear hysteria at all".


In that case, we'd be in even better shape than just having widespread nuclear power. Nuclear power generation would have become fairly commonplace, if not ubiquitous, in the two to three decades after the Nautilus; and by now, fast reactors and small-pellet reactors would be pretty common... which would do a lot to mitigate the downside of high levels of nuclear power generation.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Aaron » Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:02 pm

Oh I wasn't disagreeing with you MIkey, just pimping a cool site that does a fair bit to show just how long lasting the effects where. It's a testament to human stupidity.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Tsukiyumi » Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:55 pm

Mikey wrote:In that case, we'd be in even better shape than just having widespread nuclear power. Nuclear power generation would have become fairly commonplace, if not ubiquitous, in the two to three decades after the Nautilus; ...


I want a nuclear powered car.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Tyyr » Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:04 pm

Tsukiyumi wrote:I want a nuclear powered car.

It's a Ford.
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Re: A World Without Chernobyl

Postby Sionnach Glic » Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:24 pm

Actually, it's a Cadillac. And it's pretty sexy.

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