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There is a new generation of power reactors propagated by industry will be more compact and working at higher temperatures hence be more efficient than those we presently operate. Do not believe the people telling you that this new line of power reactors is safer than the old one. Due to the higher energy density and the higher neutron flux density inside the nuclear core the materials used for the reactor vessels will rapidly become brittle and fail much earlier than in present day reactors. Mother Nature presents us with marvelous elements that we melt into alloys showing properties our ancestors only have dreamt of. We have however approached the technological limit of stability of metal alloys as far as the combined influence of neutron bombardment and temperature is concerned.
So please, we want no new nuclear fission reactors and let the old existing ones eventually come to their well-deserved rest. What makes me nervous is that most people today are not aware that the energy they use still is too cheap and they moan if prices for petrol, gas, and electricity steadily go up. The increasing stress on their purses and wallets will hopefully trigger their consciousness for an economical use of our limited resources.