atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#549: Nuclear power

There's a lot of petroleum in Canada. When you find tar in nature, you have found--essentially--really thick crude oil. If there wasn't plenty of "light, sweet" crude floating around in the Earth's crust, we could make gasoline, diesel, and other stuff from tar. It would take a lot more processing and cost more, but we could do it.

But it takes power to "crack" petrochemicals into useful materials; and Shell, I think, has an excellent idea.

Not just because it's efficient, clean, and economical, but because it also will give eco-nazis a heart attack. I mean, how cool is that?

I recently saw an article which said that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is expecting some 300 applications for new nuclear plants over the course of the next year, and they're not sure how they'll cope with the flood of paperwork.

Well, considering that there have been approximately zero applications for new nuclear plants since 1979, I suppose it makes sense that they don't exactly have a robust and well-trained applications processing staff. Government bureaucracy is inherently wasteful and osseous but it's not that hidebound. (Not here. ...not yet, anyway.) But the NRC now finds itself needing people who are qualified to process those applications.

I wonder if I could get a job doing that?

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