[ RadSafe ] RE: Turn off nuclear power, environmentalists urge

Earley, Jack N Jack_N_Earley at RL.gov
Wed Apr 11 14:44:29 CDT 2007

Hysteria seems to be a luxury that I suspect is closely related to
comfort, having dealt with some emotionally troubled people over the
years. I also suspect that rationality returns when it's cold and dark.
Reduce the power supply by 20 percent to areas that are opposed to
nuclear energy and let them pay more for their preferred alternatives
while the supply lasts. Experiencing real consequences helps people make
better choices.
Jack Earley
Health Physicist

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl [mailto:radsafe-bounces at radlab.nl] On
Behalf Of Gary Damschen
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 10:13 AM
To: radsafe at radlab.nl
Subject: [ RadSafe ] RE: Turn off nuclear power, environmentalists urge

Has anyone studied the environmental impact of removing the equivalent
of 1000MWe of solar irradiation from a concentrated area or what would
happen to New Jersey's weather patterns if the entire state's electrical
energy needs were met by removing gigawatts of energy from the
prevailing winds?
The energy collected by wind farms is not free. If the wind's energy is
reduced, it stands to reason that thermal mixing of the near-earth
atmosphere would be affected, perhaps even cloud formation and behavior
as well. So what would happen to cooling and heating patterns? Removing
a little energy to power something relatively small probably has little
measurable effect. Remove a nuke plant from the grid and replace it with
solar/wind and I bet you might see some results at least locally. Also,
what happens to the state's power supply if a hurricane comes through
(rare, but it does happen)?


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