Nuclear Waste and the Myth of Settled Science on Climate Change
Let’s consider, shall we, a scientific parallel between high level radioactive waste disposal and global warming. Oh, yes, forgive….Climate Change.
Despite obvious and tremendous risk, this practice continues because by and large, the scientific community is not yet confident and certainly not in unanimity on the long term accuracy of their data regarding the design of ‘safe’ disposal facilities, the materials best used, locations most suitable, or even of the long term predictions regarding the stable decay of nuclide elements with half-life decay parameters in the million year range.
Most agree that predicting anything about high level radioactive storage integrity 250 or 500,000 years into the future is a fool’s errand, given that humans living on the surface can’t even seem to keep track of conventional landfills, graveyards, or toxic waste dump sites lurking just feet beneath the topsoil.