I haven't got a citation, but I do believe nuclear is the cheapest, long term, of the mass power producing technologies. When you couple it with the low level of pollution produced, compared to coal or oil fired plants, nuclear begins to look damn attractive.
Hmm... while I do agree that nucear does have its selling points, I think the current trend in the world is to do away with this "rushed" technology.
There are many environmental facts that you have glossed over - from the poor standards at Uranium Mining facilities (Elliot Lake in Ontario, Canada, has a radioactive tailings swamp all around it - I'm sure most others weren't taken care of as well either) to climactic change due to water resevoir temperature fluctuations.
As for it's actual financial efficiency, I believe another thread under this parent has a good basis for debunking the cheapness of nuclear. Proper decommissioning is more expensive than they imagined.
I guess the point is - do we want to use any of these technologies (In their present form anyways) anymore? Each aspect of the power industry manages to force it's capitalist cake-eater into the popular media and tries to convince us why they are they best. The trick is to make your form of power:
a) the cheapest
b) the cleanest
Maybe it's their generous use of clean, but I don't think that one should settle for the "least damaging" - one should try to find new ways to safely and sustainably generate electricity.
I appreciate nuclear energy in theory... but in practice things aren't so cut and dried. In physics you approximate everything to perfect spheres and small angles - rarely ever do you concern yourself with "that new crack in the concrete down yonder" or the fact that the "government lets me get 500 times the accepted radiation dose for a civilian because I'm a radiation worker"
I guess all I'm saying is that is easy to get too "religious" with a certain idea, and rarely ever is it the end all. I guess lots of people do hate nuclear, and probably for the wrong reasons, but I think it is a bit rash to indicate that it is the solution.
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