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(Fox News)   Japan has tons of plutonium, and plans to reprocess nuclear waste to make more. Of course, it has no actual use for the plutonium, other than creating bigger and better movie monsters in Tokyo Bay   (foxnews.com) divider line 18
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2012-12-28 12:13:55 PM
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Reprocessing spent fuel is a great way of making more efficient use of it, reducing the need to mine fuel or dispose of waste. Both huge pluses for the environment. You'd think people would be all for it.

Unfortunately, Jimmy Carter has his knickers in a twist over the risk of nuclear proliferation and did his best to make nuclear power us unsafe and uneconomical as possible.
2012-12-28 12:37:08 PM
2 votes:
stevenvictx: DeathCipris: Nuclear weapons in Japan worry me. I mean, come on, who is the FIRST person they are going to go after? Maybe the perpetrators of a certain "incident" during WWII?

NOT.
Every one who knows anything about japan knows who they hate more than bad sushi.
China, and north Korea.
Those two have been trading nasty words for years.


Years? More like centuries.
2012-12-28 12:22:39 PM
2 votes:
Oh, for fark's sake, it's fuel for nuclear reactors. France has been doing it for decades.
2012-12-28 12:19:21 PM
2 votes:
Little use? One of the most politically and monetarily valuable substances in the history of mankind? Subby must not be considering the fact that money exists..
2012-12-28 03:12:16 PM
1 votes:
There are only three isotopes that can be used in reactors/bombs, plutonium 239, uranium 233 and of course uranium 235 which was used originally. Uranium 238 is the most powerful because it doesn't self detonate but you need high energy fusion explosion neutrons to detonate it and for that you need one of 3 isotope fission bombs to start the fusion reaction. Since Japan has nuclear reactors starting up a uranium 233 breeder which starts with thorium activated by fission neutrons would have been their best bet. The US had one but it got quashed by the nuclear industry which wants to sell every nuclear reactor about $50,000,000 per year in fuel to keep them running and feeding a thorium->233U costs about $10,000 per year.
2012-12-28 12:57:13 PM
1 votes:
So why aren't we putting sanctions on Japan if they're producing plutonium with no other purpose than making weapons.  Oh right, because we like them.

Sorry can't resist the obvious troll comment.  Seriously though, instead of wasting so much money on things like wind and solar we should put our real money into Thorium reactor research.  Not only does it seem to be a more practical short term answer but would do a bunch of things.

a. allows us retire conventional reactors that make more waste are dangerous and as a side effect create fuel for nuclear bombs. (Thorium doesn't do any of those)
b. Buys more time to work the kinks out of wind and solar power.
c."Hey Iran and North Korea. Here's how you make a Thorium reactor. Your energy problems are solved now stop making plutonium or we'll send some of our surplus over via cruise missile."
2012-12-28 12:44:39 PM
1 votes:

Latinwolf: stevenvictx: DeathCipris: Nuclear weapons in Japan worry me. I mean, come on, who is the FIRST person they are going to go after? Maybe the perpetrators of a certain "incident" during WWII?

NOT.
Every one who knows anything about japan knows who they hate more than bad sushi.
China, and north Korea.
Those two have been trading nasty words for years.

Years? More like centuries.


Centuries? More like millennia .
2012-12-28 12:42:29 PM
1 votes:

DeathCipris: Nuclear weapons in Japan worry me. I mean, come on, who is the FIRST person they are going to go after? Maybe the perpetrators of a certain "incident" during WWII?


You mean the Rape of Nanking? That was all Japan. They should be thankful the Chicoms haven't nuked Tokyo for shiats and giggles over that
d23 [TotalFark]
2012-12-28 12:42:00 PM
1 votes:
GAMERA IS FRIEND TO ALL CHILDREN!
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And he's full of meat.
2012-12-28 12:38:04 PM
1 votes:
Well color me surprised, a nuclear program ending in failure? Grandiose plans for "next generation" reactors ending up impossible to create, and costing society a fortune?

Sounds about par for the nuclear industry. At this point, you'd have to be an idiot to support it.
2012-12-28 12:29:28 PM
1 votes:
Is this the same type of enrichment that Iran is (legally) attempting?

/not trolling
2012-12-28 12:16:51 PM
1 votes:

alienated: Arthur Jumbles: Access to plutonium and the tech to use it effectively is a good deterrent.

Um...... I think thats why the US Armed forces are still there. I could use plutonium very effectively with a model rocket, or even just dumping it into a water supply. Thank your gods I have no desire to do such a thing, and that it is well guarded from those who do.


There's no guarantee that the U.S. will always be there, and being well armed with nuclear weapons is a good deterrent against China. While Japan can't match China in a military build up, and has no desire to do so, having enough nuclear weapons to be able to devestate China, or any other attacker, is cheap and easy in comparison to full militarization.
2012-12-28 12:10:24 PM
1 votes:
I'm betting they could make plutonium-flavored Pocky. Or glow-in-the-dark Ramen.
2012-12-28 12:09:05 PM
1 votes:
Wait! These plutonium monsters will have tentacles, right?
2012-12-28 12:09:02 PM
1 votes:
Plutonium is by far the best element.
2012-12-28 10:53:04 AM
1 votes:
www.scifinow.co.uk

(and Godzuki)
2012-12-28 06:43:51 AM
1 votes:

AverageAmericanGuy: seemes like tomwshting they could use as fujle. No?


yer bed- go to drunk .
2012-12-28 02:21:01 AM
1 votes:
Access to plutonium and the tech to use it effectively is a good deterrent.
 
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