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  • Russian Floating Nuclear Power Plant Enroute To The Arctic

    This has the potential to go wrong in so many ways, given the poor nuclear track record of Russia.

    Dubbed a “Chernobyl on ice” and a “nuclear Titanic” by one environmental group, Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant is almost ready for its maiden voyage to a remote port town across the Bering Strait from Alaska – a move seen by many as both Moscow’s latest push to take control of the Arctic and one fraught with ecological peril.

    Russian state nuclear company Rosatom, which developed and built the Akademik Lomonosov power plant, said that the unit docked last Saturday in the port city of Murmansk, along the Kola Bay in northwestern Russia. After taking on a supply of nuclear fuel, the floating power plant will be towed across the Northern Sea Route to Pevek on the East Siberian Sea, where officials say it is expected to replace a coal-fired power plant and an aging nuclear power plant sometime next year.

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/05...-concerns.html
    Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

  • #2
    Perhaps you prefer American Oil companies to frack the hell out of the Arctic.

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    • #3
      Given the absolute disregard of the environment by russia, fracking by Nigerian oil companies would have less of an impact.

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      • #4
        https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/2/17...rnobyl-titanic

        "For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Konzev View Post
          Perhaps you prefer American Oil companies to frack the hell out of the Arctic.
          You frack in soil. Unless I am mistaken, the Arctic is simply an ice cap over water. Antarctica could be fracked.

          But given Russia's history with nuclear power plants, mobile or fixed, anyone near one is fracked.
          Any man can hold his place when the bands play and women throw flowers; it is when the enemy presses close and metal shears through the ranks that one can acertain which are soldiers, and which are not.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post

            You frack in soil. Unless I am mistaken, the Arctic is simply an ice cap over water. Antarctica could be fracked.
            I don't think the oil is in the ice...but am no fracker.
            You can have as much bias as yo are prepared to pay for.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Arnold J Rimmer View Post

              You frack in soil. Unless I am mistaken, the Arctic is simply an ice cap over water. Antarctica could be fracked.

              But given Russia's history with nuclear power plants, mobile or fixed, anyone near one is fracked.
              You are mistaken, although the central part of the Arctic is water there is plenty of land in the area including some sizeable islands. In any case you don't frack in soil you frack in rock (deep down) and the sea bed is rock (with a lot of ooze on top). There has already been experimental fracking in the Irish Sea.
              Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
              Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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              • #8
                Well, since this power plant is supposed to replace an existing ancient coal and old nuclear power plant, how bad can it be? Sounds like a win situation to me, even for the Russians.

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                • #9
                  If the Russians are planning to extend their Arctic claims in the same manner that the Chinese have in the South China Sea then a transportable power station that doesn't require deliveries of fuel might be very useful
                  Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
                  Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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