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Old 11-11-2009, 11:51 AM
bjkeefe bjkeefe is offline
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Default Re: Nukes? No Big Whoop (Robert Farley & John Mueller)

Great diavlog!

Sure, it was to some degree preaching to my choir, but John also brought up a lot of points I've never considered in forming my overall view that having nuclear weapons in many ways actually decreases one's national security.

Very well-done interview, as usual, Robert. Thanks for the preparation and delivery.

In the spirit of a footnote: This line from John reminded me of an article I happened across a couple of days ago, about which I want to say: engagingly mundane.

Here's the lede and an excerpt from further down:

What’s powering your home appliances?

For about 10 percent of electricity in the United States, it’s fuel from dismantled nuclear bombs, including Russian ones.


Utilities have been loath to publicize the Russian bomb supply line for fear of spooking consumers: the fuel from missiles that may have once been aimed at your home may now be lighting it.

But at times, recycled Soviet bomb cores have made up the majority of the American market for low-enriched uranium fuel. Today, former bomb material from Russia accounts for 45 percent of the fuel in American nuclear reactors, while another 5 percent comes from American bombs, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry trade association in Washington.
The article goes on to say that there is increasing pressure on arms negotiators to hurry up already, because utility companies need more bomb cores for fuel.

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