Nuclear Waste: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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  • Published on:  Sunday, August 20, 2017
  • Nuclear waste poses a serious threat to public health if it's not stored in a safe place. John Oliver explains why the United States desperately needs to build a metaphorical toilet for all that waste.

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  • Meatleg


     2 hours ago

    Meanwhile, nuclear power is the ONLY power source that complete accounts for all of its waste. Nuclear power has the lowest death rate per kilowatt hour of any other power source (yes, including soak and wind).

    We don’t need to store it, we need to recycle it with fourth generation nuclear power plants. As climate scientist James Hansen said, it would mean that we wouldn’t have to mine uranium again for 1,000 years.

  • victor_Victor Jakubiak

    victor_Victor Jakubiak

     16 hours ago

    Wait, didn’t you find the solution? You sell the waist uranium to arms manufacturers, they make bullies out of that, sell it to government who pays for it with taxpayers money, then wedge a war somewhere and fire it from tanks, plaines and machine guns is some other country. Everybody is happy and makes money out of that ( not taxpayers but they happy too to get it away from their backyards), instead of spending on storage.

  • Philip Frandsen

    Philip Frandsen

     yesterday +1

    Oliver just hates nuclear power and weapons.

  • James Scannell

    James Scannell

     7 days ago

    Harry Reid is who Harrison Reid the corrupt gaming board member in casino is based on. You know the one who was banging hookers and taking bribes from the mob? He later became senate majority leader. Ohh America how we appoint the worst people to the highest positions.

  • James Scannell

    James Scannell

     7 days ago

    The terrorists on 9/11 flew over Indian point power plant and I lived near there at the time and I am really lucky they didn't decide to fly that plane into Indian point instead. I would've been fucked.

  • Morgan MacDonald

    Morgan MacDonald

     7 days ago +2

    7 million deaths a year from air pollution, or ~5 thousand deaths from radiation exposure, HMMMMMMM

  • Eclipse The Gambling Ocelot

    Eclipse The Gambling Ocelot

     7 days ago

    Funny thing, if something goes wrong at one of these plants, Harry Reid should be considered a terrorist and punished as such. His actions prevent the safe storage of nuclear waste and indirectly would be responsible for any accidents arising from them not being stored



     7 days ago

    Complete the breeder reactors and start using the waste until it is not active any more. Both France and Russia has experimental breeder reactors already.

  • aShura


     7 days ago

    How much scared can a Nation be to justify using such a huge piece of land such as US to be converted into a literal "Nuclear Zone" in order "to win" the Cold War?

  • SethLord


     7 days ago

    Who the fuck is Gent val Gent?

  • n0username0n


     7 days ago +1

    Just incase

    Misinformation can be damaging so i thought id mention that at @0:58 to @1:08 the news reporter mentions 71 Kilotons of nuclear fuel rods that are the issue of nuclear waste, you will actually find with a bit of research that an estimate of 75%-85% of "nuclear waste" is actually protective equipment like PPE and gas respirators, tools, benches, concrete, housings and many other materials, its not hard for materials to become radioactive and succumb to the deffintion of "nuclear waste"

  • the clarinetjo odds and ends

    the clarinetjo odds and ends

     7 days ago +3

    "the situation", someone needs to make this doc



     14 days ago

    The announcer at the end of the old news story is Floyd Kalber from Chicago....crap am I old.

  • Anthony Starfield

    Anthony Starfield

     14 days ago +1

    You also have to bear in mind that Homer Simpson is in charge of safety for one of those nuclear power plants! Aiiihhh!

  • Margaret Bishop

    Margaret Bishop

     14 days ago

    "North St Louis County, Missouri"
    Hey wait, that's where we are
    Checked the yearbook from that clip
    Yep, that creek they're talking about is 5 minutes from me. Great.

  • Will Moshe Carr

    Will Moshe Carr

     14 days ago

    I know being defensive over American Girl dolls wasn’t supposed to be the outcome of the story but it’s happened anyways

  • Justin


     14 days ago

    If they ever make a Fallout game in Washington State (like they were going to in the canceled Fallout Extreme game in 2000 or 2001) Hanford would make a great location in it

  • Mr.Unique Deals

    Mr.Unique Deals

     14 days ago

    Yum Yum

  • Olivia Eyes

    Olivia Eyes

     14 days ago


  • Terry Gonzalez

    Terry Gonzalez

     14 days ago

    There's another yellow. In Washington state on his map. Does any one know where that is? It looks really close to where I live. Ack!