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house Bill H.R. 4084

Should the U.S. Fund More Research of Nuclear Reactor Designs?

Argument in favor

By prioritizing advanced nuclear reactor technologies in the Dept. of Energy’s R&D, this bill makes it more likely that the private sector will develop safer, more efficient reactors that have increased reliability while generating less waste.

DonaldTrump's Opinion
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03/07/2016
“I’m in favor of nuclear energy, very strongly in favor of nuclear energy." [www.dailycaller.com]
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BarackObama's Opinion
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03/07/2016
"As America leads the global transition to a low-carbon economy, the continued development of new and advanced nuclear technologies along with support for currently operating nuclear power plants is an important component of our clean energy strategy." [whitehouse.gov]
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operaman's Opinion
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02/29/2016
There are many new engineering ideas on nuclear reactors. But it's the environmental organizations making noise about radioactive exposure. Clean Nuclear energy sounds good to me.
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Argument opposed

The Dept. of Energy and National Laboratories shouldn’t partner with the private sector to develop advanced nuclear reactor technologies. Those resources should instead go to developing other energy-related technologies.

BernieSanders's Opinion
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03/07/2016
"I do not support more nuclear power plants when we do not know how we get rid of the toxic waste from the ones that already exist." [fastcoexist.com]
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Steven's Opinion
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03/10/2016
I'm for renewable, safer power sources. Not one that creates more problems then it solves with a deadly byproduct that last longer then a few human lifespans.
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Jj's Opinion
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03/01/2016
One word: Fukushima, let's prioritize renewable, sustainable energy sources and not nuclear waste that poisons our planet.
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    “I’m in favor of nuclear energy, very strongly in favor of nuclear energy." [www.dailycaller.com]
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    "I do not support more nuclear power plants when we do not know how we get rid of the toxic waste from the ones that already exist." [fastcoexist.com]
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    "As America leads the global transition to a low-carbon economy, the continued development of new and advanced nuclear technologies along with support for currently operating nuclear power plants is an important component of our clean energy strategy." [whitehouse.gov]
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    I'm for renewable, safer power sources. Not one that creates more problems then it solves with a deadly byproduct that last longer then a few human lifespans.
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    There are many new engineering ideas on nuclear reactors. But it's the environmental organizations making noise about radioactive exposure. Clean Nuclear energy sounds good to me.
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    One word: Fukushima, let's prioritize renewable, sustainable energy sources and not nuclear waste that poisons our planet.
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    Nuclear power is both renewable and clean. The byproduct, so-called "nuclear waste", can be recycled into nuclear fuel using an advanced reactor. Nuclear reactors emit far less radiation than is already in the background. So no excuse not to add this wonderful energy source to our portfolio.
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    All options for energy should be on the table.
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    Unlike renewable energy sources like wind and solar, nuclear energy actually seems to have a long-term cost effectiveness and output. We should look into it more.
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    Nuclear Power can be a successful source of energy if the reactor design is modified. I wrote a simple report on nuclear energy as a young high school student. The issues we have g
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    Nuclear power is key to implementing the clean power plan. It is the only source of clean, reliable, safe, baseload power.
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    There is a lot of propaganda and fear around the idea of nuclear energy, we think of "weapons of mass destruction" and "Chernobyl", but that's not the full truth of nuclear energy. Nuclear is one of the LEAST dangerous routes of energy, it's actually less dangerous than solar power!!! It doesn't use large amounts of fossil fuel, which is exactly what we need! I was shocked at first, I have always been for clean energy, but once you research the truth about nuclear energy and see the amazing advantages that other countries like France has had, you cannot deny that this is the way of the future!
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    Nuclear power is one of the more efficient and "clean" energy sources that we have in the modern era. It's even used to power multiple aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, and submarines. With advancements in safety it can help in lowering emissions and can power whole regions effectively. To disregard nuclear because of "danger" is to ignore the number of catastrophes that have plagued other resources over the years. Similar to ignoring 30,000 car related fatalities in the US alone and blowing out of proportion the aviation related deaths worldwide, which is far smaller.
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    Nuclear energy is the only viable alternative to dirty fuels at the moment. The green path forward can be accomplished right now, we just need to increase funding into the nuclear energy sector. While it is expensive, it works, regulations on nuclear energy are at unprecedented lengths. Because the regulations are so intense it makes nuclear energy way, way safer then is believed. We could save the planet right now, or wait until solar energy gets to the point where it is cheap and affordable.
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    There is a burning need to find clean, natural fuels. Doubling down of "proven" deadly old technology is not the way to go. Our tax dollars should be spent replacing nuclear and fossil fuels... not coming up with ways to make our present technology slightly less deadly to us and our planet (the only one we have...)
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    Nuclear energy is cheap, abundant, and clean if done right. If we can add more clean plants while fixing the preexisting ones and getting them to a higher standard, I don't see why we wouldn't. Nuclear energy itself doesn't have to be toxic, it's just fallen into the wrong hands like so many other things. (Think Monsanto and GMOs)
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    This bill would help innovate pre-existing Nuclear Reactors to maximize efficiency with production and disposal.
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    Let the private sector see if there is a demand.
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    With the need for renewable energy growing, America needs to begin researching nuclear energy again, at the very least. Support for nuclear energy in America has waned every time there's a nuclear accident anywhere in the world but the rest of the world has advanced in both research & implementation. Ideally, we need to replace our current, aging nuclear reactors (most of which are passed ideal operating periods) with Generation 4 reactors which can use the nuclear waste from earlier reactors as fuel; has built-in protections against enriching material (for bombs); have been hardened against (terrorist) attack and, most importantly, has passive (automatic) systems to shutdown the reactor in case of emergencies. America need a host of advancements in nuclear energy, solar energy & wind-powered energy; they all need to be more effective, cheaper & more widespread. Until then, let's take that first, bold step into the future where energy independence is an actual possibility.
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