Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Nuclear Power Plant Troubles

It should be fairly obvious that while serving in Uncle Sam's Navy, I did my sea time aboard submarines. Yes, I went to sea on vessels which were designed to SINK ON PURPOSE.

What may not be obvious is this: I was a nuclear power plant operator, referred to in Navy jargon as a "nuke".

I'm not going to downplay the events in Japan. Things are not good. The plants were capable of withstanding the earthquakes, and were automatically shutdown as designed. The problems were created when the resultant tsunami disabled the backup electrical systems which are used to keep the coolant pumps running. Even after shutdown, a reactor core will continue to generate an immense quantity of heat for many days, or until it has been purposely cooled down. For the plants in Japan, with no electrical power available, there was no way to remove the heat, which caused a bad situation to get infinitely worse.

However, none of the explosions were a result of the reactor cores "blowing up". The enriched uranium used in nuclear fuel is not capable of exploding. The explosions were the result of hydrogen which built up in the containment buildings following the venting of built up water pressure into the structures.

Of course, this event has permitted the anti-nuke crowd to fan the flames of hysteria, enabled by an all to willing media.

For a better explanation: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/fear-the-media-meltdown-not-the-nuclear-one/


Mary said...

You are so right in speaking about this, expecially with your informed experience on the sub. My father was a huge fan of nuclear energy and also an aeronomical engineer, and was very well educated on the subject, I am also a big fan of nuclear energy. It is the people that are not well read on the subject that we need to be concerned about. Earlier today, I flipped over to the tv station that is on my left and was amazed at the hype that was spewing out of my tv. This concerns me deeply. I wish Dad were here, he died in 1993.

Bag Blog said...

Anything the Media says, I only believe half of. I do appreciate the nuke lesson.

sweetpea said...

Thanks for the nuclear lesson.
I too only believe part of what the media says as they like to hype up the what if's and the possibility of something terrible happening. In fact I usually don't turn on the news or tv.

Deb said...

Thanks for the voice of reason BR. I just wish more people would grab a brain and realize this is mostly 'talking heads' at it again.

Rebecca said...

The media has a huge role to play in causing the mass hysteria down here in San Diego. The anti-nukies are coming out of the woodwork for sure, freaking out about San Onofre...iodine is flying off the shelves...sheesh.

Thanks for the post, I wish it could reach more people!

Kipp said...

The issues in Japan are tragic. I hope and pray for they the families will be able to find peace.

Submarines - I have toured two in my life, one at Battleship Parkway in Mobile, AL the other at Pearl Harbor, HI. I do not think I could go to sea in one of those things nuclear powered or diesel powered. Nope I am sure of it I would not last on one of those things. I need to see whats going on outside the window.

Rachel Neil said...

That's an inspiring story how you started riding horses in your adult life.
You've got to go for what's in your heart, and if that's what you love, then let it be.


Lê Thanh Đức said...

Libya Solutions

1 - United Nations: discussion (part) 'democracy' with 'country' (including 2 points - found: Consensus in the 'country')
+ Protesters' about 2 / 3 - The country people '(anti-government) -> governments' innovation completely. " Approximately 1 / 3 'country people' -> compromise 'response'.

+ The 'leader' country: tenure (and vote 'trend': two times a term.)

2 - (Outside) no intervention (internal):
conflict 'protest' - 4 elements:

+ Authorities 'response' 'rights' (people).

+ Review: 'water quantity' 'against government' (Libya. ..) - how to resolve 'demanding' people.

+ 'Government' is not 'resolutions'' Security Council United Nations' (votes' absolute ') and' leader 'is not' banned movement. "

+ The 'link in the region' 'not opposed' (ie the Arab League, ASEAN, Africa ...).

3 - Apply 'military intervention' (external) - based on:

+ Article 7 - The United Nations Charter

+ A country (outside) no intervention. Number of coordinated water (shown: part - many 'people' World).

4 - Make 'intervention measures' 'outside' 'purpose':

+ Prevent conflict (violence): 'government' and 'people - oppose'.

+ Response: 'government solutions' and (require) 'protesters'.

+ Intervention (external): 'solution' and stop (escalation) 'conflict' and 'faction' (in water).

+ 'Required' 'the government' (is): Negotiation - meet 'the people' -> stop 'intervention' (population: the decision).

5 - The 'intervention' ('outside' or 'water' 'participation'):

+ Response: desire 'majority, World - purpose (' on ') (Section 4).

+ Do not 'responsible' build 'new government' (citizens 'decision').

+ The (problem) 'conflict' Left: the 'UN' 'coordination' in every country and region.

United Nations implement 5 'elements' (above) is:

- Avoid (condition - in Libya), the protesters 'conflict' (assert basic 'human'). 'Government' apply 'the protesters' armed -> create 'force' rebel: repression.

- Avoid: the wrong intervention (external) as 'constraints' (factors '4 '- Section 2) and ('4 Factors' section 4).

- The solution (on the) 'did not happen Civil War' (by 'community' is not 'recognized' and 'isolation'.
Government (will) meet the 'right people' and (will) 'no fear' 'protests'.

Human civilization: to know - the unified 'solution' (above) -> is not 'civil war'.

Lê Thanh Đức said...

commentary 1:

Struggle with (the) 'Islamist ideology' and 'terrorist organizations' success in the Middle East - the countries in the region' striving democracy. "

1 - (when) The 'Middle East' achieve 'democracy' is:

+ Benefits and Life (People's) response.

+ People: 'participation' (good) in the 'government' (vote, requires' policy'...).

+ State: from 'people's' ownership and the 'power' properly executed.


People to participate in nation building (good) is 'to develop' (country) decided by the people themselves ('developing country': the level of 'intellectual', the 'satisfaction'.

The 'benefits' with 'the people'. "

2 - Prevent 'extremist Islamic ideology':

+ 'State' 'power' the right (not focused) and not 'some individuals'' spending power '(Reason: selective progressive and democratic' elections.)

The extremist Islamic ideology 'difficult' propaganda 'established: the State' Taliban style '.. By, 'Islamist ideology' applicable State 'Taliban model, the' accumulation of power '(' rule ') and' forced 'people (women lower benefits, lifestyle' draconian ' ...).

+ If 'sabotage': action 'life' (each 'people').

Government that 'the people' 'participation' at: the 'political apathy', with the 'opposition' policy. Meanwhile, 'the extremist Islamic organizations' (such as the AlQaeda organization'...): break 'the State' which 'people' less 'consensus'. 'Life' 'meet' so bad ... 'people' is not a strong fight.

'Terrorism' is: a / against 'the government' that people 'support' 'vote'; b / terrorism where 'public' as against 'the place to do business' (individual) people (life response: the 'public place' associated lifestyles life does not meet: the 'people' working poor and unemployed, so less' presence'...). Thus, 'rights' to people (a, b) they (will) fight 'keep well'.

+ Social Democracy: 'People' 'progress' (do not get dragged 'extremist Islamic ideology').

Middle Eastern countries like Egypt, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Iraq, Bahrain ... striving democracy (good): prevent 'the extremist Islamic organizations. "

Democracy (good) 'each country' shall not 'affect - the dominant' countries: Russia, U.S., China, Iran and other countries ... 'good contact'.

Lê Thanh Đức said...

Solution Libya (next -> Resolution No. 1973 of the Security Council of the United Nations)

(3/23/2011, me and Development Programme UNDP United Nations; Le Thanh Duc 39 - 'Ngu Hai' - Vinh City)

'Coalition' 'Resolution 1973 of the United Nations' conflict and prevent violence against civilians.

Strategy (continued):

1 - 'coalition' - used (only) 'aircraft - the type monitored' supervision Libya.

a / - if 'Gadhafi government troops' use 'weapons' (heavy), such as tanks, artillery ... 'Allied forces' use 'jet' and 'missile': destruction.

b / - If: (repeat) occur 'conflicts - the Civil War' -> catastrophic 'ordinary people':

(When) a 'city' (or where): (continued) fighting took place -> 'coalition forces' use (group' infantry) 'landing': 'measures' to prevent (stop - both sides) - > then taking the (campaign)

Campaign (each place): (can) a day, a few days ... (optional) 'need time' (infantry) are present (there). Finished campaigns: withdrawal - 'instant' (group of soldiers) from Libya (the ground).

c / - 'infantry groups' implementation 'campaign' - to mobilize (from):

+ Warships; or

+ Countries' (near) to 'garrison' (temporary). When 'Mr. Gadhafi' 'resigned acceptance' -> 'troops' (where) retreat - 'instant' (end).

2 - The United Nations shall:

a / - Implementation: 'work' (humanitarian) with people.

b / - Promotion (all - the forces, factions ...) ceasefire. Negotiations 'establishment' 'Libyan authorities' new.

'Libyan government forces' (old) are allowed to 'join', 'son' of 'Mr. Gadhafi' allowed 'to participate' ('government of national reconciliation' new).

Lê Thanh Đức said...

3 - 'Mr. Gadhafi' not 'involved' 'new government', because:

a / - (number of) 'the protesters' - 'object' many (previously).

b / - Army 'Mr. Gadhafi' used 'mercenaries' lot. Country by the military people (consensus 'participation' - protection).

c / - 'Mr. Gadhafi' leaders 'long', not the 'trend' 'human progress', lack of 'democracy'. Countries China, Russia, Venezuela ... (also) did not support - 'leaders' 'holding power' for many years and did not vote.

d / - 'Mr. Gadhafi' no 'response' interests' (most of) the people (protesters: life).
'Mr. Gadhafi' must go and the 'private property' (property right). The 'other assets': the 'people of Libya' - reconstruction using 'country'.

4 - With time, if:

- 'Mr. Gadhafi' not resign.

- 'Conflict - hinder': 'the new government set up' - 'disaster' the people '.

- Preventing 'the protesters' or 'oppose' (method).

Will: 'use' group 'elite soldiers' arrest Mr.Gadhafi. Reason 'arrest' 'Mr. Gadhafi': 'International Court of Justice' will (then) to investigate: 'Mr. Gadhafi' attack 'protesters'.

(When) - start 'Mr. Gadhafi', will:

- 'New government' and 'the people': the decision; or

- The countries with the United Nations perspective, 'Mr. Gadhafi' 'yes or no' exile.

5 - 'democracy' - the executable (right), will:

The people of Libya - receptive: 'method' produce 'progress' and 'operating state' ('election'). Unlike 'old regime' - 'mode' poor production; income people - divided by 'oil' (mostly). People required: good labor rights.

Democracy: The 'resource' is fine - not the 'dominant' (to: management and procurement; transparency). At that time, Russia, America, China, France ... not 'influence'.

EU: production methods, management of social progress -> Libya cooperation: transfer of 'technology'. Geographic locations: Libya near Europe -> exchange efficiency.

'Gadhafi personally' threat reduction 'security - peace' in Europe: the European People's struggling (to prevent threats).

UN: discussion (all countries) - 5 points (as above) -> execute 'peace and human progress', 'Libya happy people'.


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Everything alright?

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Brown Bag Parties by Shannon said...

In my opinion it's terrible that this has caused such a scare of nuclear energy when it is one of the biggest ways to minimize our dependence on foreigh oil. When oil refineries have blown up due to fire, you didn't hear of the government "re-evaluating" the use of oil for future projects.

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