During a recent discussion on a email list frequented by pro-nuclear activists, we were discussing possible advertising messages that we would like to see from nuclear companies or nuclear industry groups.
A number of my friends and colleagues have tried to convince the communicators at companies who want to sell nuclear related products that they need to stop talking about how safe they are and start talking about all of the benefits that nuclear related technologies provide to human society. By our way of thinking, the fact of safety is pretty firmly established by any objective measure of the industry’s record. In addition, people have a right to assume that safety goes almost without saying – it is a fundamental starting point for any industrial endeavor.
Here are some of the truths that I think that the public should be hearing – repeatedly – about nuclear energy.
Can any other fuel drive a 9,000 ton submarine around the ocean for 14 years while using a fuel core that would fit under my office desk?
Can any other power source produce enough electricity for 24 x 7 living for more than a million people using about three truckloads of fuel delivered every 18-24 months?
Does any other power source have the potential for a 20 times improvement in fuel economy using already tested technology?
Is there any other reliable power source whose marginal cost of generation is significantly less than 2 cents per kilowatt hour?
Is there any other fuel source that can release 17 million BTUs of heat from a pellet that I can hold between my thumb and index finger?