The old fart’s top news story of the day is about the re-surging bizarre call for Canada to invest in small modular nuclear reactors (also known as small modular reactors, or SMRs). These miniaturized nuclear fusion reactors are designed on a smaller scale than traditional nuclear power facilities to produce power. But small modular reactors are not new. They’ve been used for decades by universities for research and military use to propel marine vessels. And the re-surging interest in SMR technology comes as no surprise with the world focused on pursuing low-carbon and clean energy technologies to address the climate crisis and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, innovators looking for green solutions have stupidly turned back to nuclear energy, which the nuclear industry insanely claims to be ‘effectively a zero-emission source of electricity’.
Claim Of Zero Emission Source Is Insane
I say that the claim of it being a zero emission source is insane, because while nuclear energy may not put out the same emissions as fossil fuels, every reactor emits radioactivity, which can be much worse than fossil fuel pollution. Radioactivity will not only contaminate air, water and soil like fossil fuels, it will contaminate them far worse, and for far longer. Spent radioactive fuels, which generate massive amount of heat, are often sunk beneath seas which may be contributing to the rising temperatures of the world’s oceans. In defense of such a horrible environmental offense, the nuclear energy sector says that new proposed designs for SMRs incorporate safety protective features such as an automatic shutdown mechanism for systems that are not actively managed, improved safety features to prevent harmful emissions (which is really odd given their claim of zero emissions), a design that enables a relatively simple manufacturing process, and a long period of operation on a single load of fuel.
Same Environmental Concerns And Dangers As Conventional Reactors
Now whether itty-bitty, or really big, SMRs share the same environmental concerns and dangers as conventional nuclear reactors, including the critical need to be located by a ‘sufficient’ water source, not to mention the acquisition of nuclear material and the production of nuclear waste, both of which will need to be transported and stored. This is a particularly difficult issue for some of the proposed uses of SMRs, such as generating power in remote communities or industrial developments in pristine wilderness, which will put fresh water supplies at risk of contamination and require the transportation of ore and spent fuel over greater distances. As a result, numerous Indigenous communities in Canada have preemptively stated that they will never permit nuclear waste to be stored on or transported through their lands, citing unacceptably high contamination risk.
Canada Has A Roadmap For Small Modular Reactors
How pumped up is Canada to radioactively contaminate Earth? Really, really pumped up. So much so, that in November 2018 Natural Resources Canada released its ‘A Call to Action: A Canadian Roadmap for Small Modular Reactors’. Prepared by a steering committee constituted by provincial and territorial governments, power utilities, Natural Resources Canada and Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, the Roadmap articulates the following collective vision statement by participating stakeholders for implementing SMR technology in Canada: “Small Modular Reactors as a source of safe, clean affordable energy, opening opportunities for a resilient, low-carbon future and capturing benefits for Canada and Canadians.” With this Roadmap, Canada has declared its intention to be at the forefront of SMR technology and industry not only domestically, but internationally, and has set forth a guide for actions to be taken by Canadian stakeholders to achieve that goal.
International Small Modular Reactor Developments
And that’s because Canada is not alone in its insane desire for SMR technology. The World Nuclear Association identifies China as having “the most advanced small modular reactor project”. Russia has multiple small reactor designs with advanced development and some under construction, such as the Akademik Lomonosov reactor – the world’s most advanced floating nuclear power plant built on a barge. Argentina is completing its SMR prototype that’s scheduled to begin operation this year. The United States and South Korea. India, Japan, the United Kingdom, and South Africa are at the same stage as Canada; advanced design development with construction not yet started.
An Industry There Is No Need For
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs entered into a memorandum of understanding (the “SMR MOU”) to collaborate on the development and deployment of SMRs. They said it’s to advance the needs of their provinces in regard to climate change, regional energy demand, economic development and research and innovation technologies. And every since then, the promoters of nuclear winter having been busy little beavers quietly in the background, gnawing away at laws and regulations. All to build a sound legal foundation for the development of what I consider to be an absolutely insane industry that there’s really no need for at all.
More Facilities Create More Opportunity For Incidents
You see, any way you look at it, more nuclear facilities create more opportunities for horrendous incidents (such as Chernobyl) due to natural disasters, human error, material and/or system malfunction, or terrorist attacks. These concerns are heightened by the fact that the nature of the technology does not require nearly as stringent regulations for fail-safes and back up systems, or the distance from urban populations, that traditional nuclear facilities are required to have.
The World’s Largest Reactor
So instead of simply tapping into the world’s largest reactor (the Earth’s core) for unlimited environmentally friendly power by using its incredible heat to make steam, and then using that steam to drive electrical generating turbines (geothermal power production), energy Einstein wanna-bes figure that ramping up a deadly disease causing industry is just what the world needs to replace another deadly disease causing industry. Alrighty then…
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