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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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  1. ZerqTM

    November 8, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    most nuclear waste is just building material and old safety clothing ans stuff like that.
    with the actual nuclear by products they could be depleted to where they are relativly safe to dispose of using the proper reactor technology

    Admittedly the US has rubbish geology for normal long term storage.

    Also keep in mind you cant label all nuclear power as unsafe since the sin is basically a big fusion reactor in space… we really need to develop newer safer nuclear power and be less paranoid about nuclear power…

    After all if you protest nuclear power your more likely to just block new replacement plants that would be safer forcing older reactors to keep operating which is a problem and more likely to become unsafe.

    Also nuclear by products are vital for many medical devices we use now days.

  2. jcrates05

    November 9, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I can help you wit that rubix cube, but hurry i live on lake norman in nc. 3 nuke plants :/

  3. Lt Rob Miller

    November 9, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Holy crap where did he get his information? This is complete nonsense.

  4. Turkey Feathers

    November 10, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I'm Cupid

  5. Amadis Demitrius

    November 11, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Epic and haunting documentary on the nuclear waste situation…

  6. GottJäger

    November 12, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Oh Oh Oh, i have an idea. How about democrats actual let us build reprocessing plants.

  7. GrizDrummer25

    November 13, 2017 at 2:21 am

    "Nazis – the thing that all Americans agreed were bad at the time". That sentence should not need "at the time". They're still bad, and should not be suddenly socially acceptable just because some bitchy racists don't like their feelings hurt.

  8. Dragonslyer

    November 13, 2017 at 7:19 am

    holy shit i love this show but the second you said Nevada wrong i had to dislike I'm sorry

  9. Nic Tanghe

    November 13, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I still vote space.

  10. Wolf SurvivalX

    November 14, 2017 at 3:15 am

    Elon musk can send it to space

  11. DanMc9 Gaming

    November 14, 2017 at 7:47 am

    You idiots! Why did you do that

  12. billynyethegamer m8

    November 14, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I learn more from youre vidoes then school

  13. Brendan Smith

    November 15, 2017 at 1:55 am

    We need to start reprocessing the nuclear waste, which involves extracting usable uranium out of the waste and re using it. Sadly, the U.S. stopped doing it after they discovered that burying it is cheaper. I believe they still reprocess it in Europe.

  14. Adam Palmer

    November 15, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    One English patient

  15. V.V

    November 16, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Why did the 1977 tv special on toxic waste have the music from Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice

  16. Taye Nic

    November 17, 2017 at 3:22 am

    hes going to be a great Zazu

  17. Shaheer Salman

    November 18, 2017 at 5:48 am

    +LastWeekTonight put the nuclear waste in the Bermuda triangle fly a unmanned airplane full of nuclear waste in Bermuda triangle

  18. Peter Rivera

    November 18, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    The toxic avenger. Hell yea

  19. theminecartgaming

    November 18, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Fun fact: the rocket in the "blast it into space segment" is a russian proton rocket with its accelerators put in backwards

  20. Michael

    November 18, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    If they would just put these dumbass things as long as freaking into where they're freaking test in the bad and just fucking leave it there and then use it as news or whatever for the fucking salt brine water freaking nuclear power idea that they have and does work at the very least

  21. Michael

    November 18, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Cannot remember if it was this one or whatever I was just watching but yes NASA's complete fucking disaster pathetic joke that nobody fucking respect because they really are pathetic it's a tin can with an inside and outside fuel so they're all that fucking stupid they actually cannot fucking construct this shit with a almost entirely unlimited budget it's really stupid annoying and thankfully yes they don't fucking build planes and cars

  22. Michael

    November 19, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Also lose that sing Charles they have a bunch of Barrels in concrete and for some reason they connected that with a freaking tunnel to the freaking dump that's partly right next to it that's been burning for x amount of freaking months or whatever apparently stopped by some freaking small ass wall keeping it from getting to the site

  23. Ember Flame

    November 19, 2017 at 2:46 am

    My grandfather worked at Hanford. I can’t remember exactly what he did, but I’m pretty sure he did wielding work.

  24. Simon Eastwood

    November 20, 2017 at 2:16 am

    So Finland's solution is amazing. Watch and learn USA.

  25. nick doe

    November 20, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Felicity and Sharon from Accounting need to make a Cameo together !!!! It would be priceless!

  26. Jason Davies

    November 20, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    "WhatExpertsSayIsHighlyUnlikely, if a Fukushima like accident happens at one of those, the results could be highly catastrophic."

    That seems a little disingenuous…

  27. Karl Johanson

    November 21, 2017 at 1:19 am

    The UN estimates that the smoke from fossil fuels and renewable biomass energy kills around 7.5 million people every year. (That's just from the smoke, that's not including fires and explosions and other accidents.) That's more deaths EVERY 15 SECONDS than from 3 melt downs at Fukushima, and the number would be substantially higher without nuclear energy.

  28. Karl Johanson

    November 21, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Spent nuclear fuel is less radioactive than some grades of Uranium ore in less than a thousand years, while the Cadmium and Arsenic in some solar cells is toxic forever.
    Around 1.8 billion years ago natural nuclear reactors went critical at Oklo in Gabon, Africa for quite some time. Thousands of pounds of plutonium was produced. The produced plutonium barely migrated through the rock it happened to be formed in. This in spite of the plutonium being unclad, uncontained, unvitrified, not packed in bentonite clay. In spite of the area being tectonically unstable, and in spite of the rock being fractured, and in spite of boiling water flowing over the plutonium as it formed for around half a million years. The spent nuclear fuel should be handled with care, but Oklo shows us that it isn’t that big of a technological challenge.

  29. Karl Johanson

    November 21, 2017 at 1:34 am

    The longer spent nuclear fuel is kept out of repositories, the more likely it is that it will eventually be recycled. No biggy as spent fuel sitting in pools on the surface hasn't hurt anyone. Meanwhile solar pool covers kills hundreds.

  30. Richard Bono

    November 21, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Though over the years, I love John Oliver, this is a completely uninformed piece. Th reason I respond here in because peaceful nuclear power is important for a 100% emissions free decarbonization of the economy. We need to make a smart decision, on what is a powerful source of emissions free energy. Here's a rational response to John Oliver's irrational comedy trope. From my FB friend Michael Schellenberger….

  31. anthony watson

    November 22, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    This is a bit more nuanced view of the science behind climate change and fission's role in mitigation.

  32. Nash Rarig

    November 23, 2017 at 10:07 am

    What's hilarious is that the mascot for Richland High School by the Hanford sight are the Bombers

  33. R

    November 23, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    The show should be called: how white people are trying to kill everyone including themselves all the time. Hosted by a man who looks like he might be responsible for the whole thing and why we know what to do but have decided not to for a stupid reason. Or maybe white people and why they should be banned from doing things but Dont mention that every where else is doing a much worse job and we live in a good bit.

  34. Jag Gaming

    November 24, 2017 at 11:47 am


  35. Spartan VII

    November 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    John Oliver is a damn fool! Man I laugh so hard, I couldn’t,t breath.

  36. Princess Harmony Moonlight

    November 26, 2017 at 2:09 am

    I wish we had nuclear power plants in our country

  37. Jesse A

    November 26, 2017 at 6:00 am

    I live about 15 miles away from Hanford and I am oddly proud of being featured on John Oliver. Everyone is freaking out over nothing though. I have 4 balls and they are all perfectly symmetrical and hang to a perfect 3.76 inches below the scrotum

  38. Yellow Jester27

    November 26, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Probably John’s worst episode.

  39. Joseph Pedlow

    November 27, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Does he know that he is not very funny? Oh yeah, he moved to america to have his material elevated because he is british fop. Turns out if harry potter had a stroke then became a shit comedian he would get work in the good old US of fat teenage girls and weird/desperate women of America.


    November 28, 2017 at 6:21 am

    3:34 "All Americans agreed were bad at the time"
    I know John I know, now we have a grandpa that said their were good people alongside with the Nazis

  41. Papa Mojo

    December 1, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Bloody hell, even the damn Mesopotamians knew to keep their waste far away from their rivers 5000 YEARS AGO!

  42. The Gaster master

    December 1, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    In another world, John Oliver is a radioactive scientist

  43. dylan bear

    December 2, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Hmm Johnny thinks all isotopes have identical Half-Lifes

  44. Geetarit

    December 2, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    That joke about The Situation woke my neighbors up how hard i laughed

  45. Account Name

    December 3, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I can't believe someone like Harry Reid is actually allowed to work in the government

  46. Bob Is The Builder

    December 4, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Yucca mountain os located in the middle of the Nevada test site we tested nuclear weapons there for decades. It is a location that will be uninhabitable for several million years. Fuck the tree hugging wieners and put the nuclear waste as well as hairy reed in yucca mountain.

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