Scientific American: The World Really Could Go Nuclear

So if you really care about the environment, go nuclear?

Based on numbers pulled by the research team from the experience of Sweden and France and scaled up to the globe, a best-case scenario for conversion to 100 percent nuclear power could enable the world to stop burning fossil fuels and start fissioning uranium for electricity within 34 years. Requirements for this shift of course would include expanded uranium mining and processing, a build-out of the electric grid as well as a commitment to develop and build fast reactors—nuclear technology that operates with faster neutrons and therefore can handle radioactive waste, such as plutonium, for fuel as well as create its own future fuel. No other carbon-neutral electricity source has been expanded anywhere near as fast as nuclear,” Qvist says.


The French model, for instance, reprocesses the fuel until you have something about the size of your thumb.  No need for massive water tanks or huge storage facilities in Nevada.

Of course… when we get to nuclear fusion…

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