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As for most uranium mines being on native American lands--this is untrue.

that's not what I said. I said

1) Australian uranium mines are on indigenous people's land

and

2) the current USA nuclear waste dump, Yucca Mountain, is on native people's land.

Both of which are quite correct.

We agree on the magnitude and urgency of the approaching crisis; we fundamentally disagree with regard to one of thes solutions. As you can see from another post I made re: thorium salt-melt plants, I am not a "fundie" in any sense when it comes to this debate. But I do believe that the 10-year window that is the same for whether you build nuclear plants, or look into other resources, is much better spent on the latter, especially as large-scale renewable energy is just around the corner - there are nx1000MW solar thermal plants, wind farms, solar fields etc etc. all being built, right now. And I think you are fundamentally underestimating the possibilities of modular, community-owned and individual household level renewable energy projects.

"This can't possibly get more disturbing!" - Willow

by myriad (imogenk at wildmail dot com) on Tue Oct 18th, 2005 at 04:37:25 PM EST
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... has been just around the corner for 30 years.  Thirty years ago renewables supplied 6% of US electricity, and almost all of that came from hydro.  Today after huge subsidies, both corporate and federal, renewables remain stagnant at 6%, with wind and solar supplying less than 1% to the grid.

I wish renewables were making more of a contribution, and I am all for their expansion.

But it is unrealistic to assume that they can replace coal or nuclear.

If you eliminate nuclear, you are stuck with fossil fuels, which cause tens of thousands of deaths annually and are destroying the planet as we know it by emitting heat-trapping gases.

by Plan9 on Wed Oct 19th, 2005 at 10:49:02 AM EST
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That's a pretty questionable argument. Renewable technology got going in the 1970s as a result of the OPEC oil shortage. When the price of oil went down, progress stalled. That doesn't prove that renewables can or can't do anything.
by asdf on Wed Oct 19th, 2005 at 11:18:01 AM EST
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