With the failure of last decade’s nuclear “renaissance” leading to dismal prospects for expansion, and rising operating costs–including modest and insufficient post-Fukushima improvements–making a large number of existing reactors uneconomic in the deregulated marketplace, the nuclear power industry over the past couple of years has focused on its sheer survival. This means bailouts in one form or another. Continue reading
We read a lot of material produced by nuclear power supporters as well as information provided directly from the nuclear industry.
Most of it is bunk; but what is most telling is that most of it is less than candid as well–especially materials aimed at the public and policymakers. Neither the industry nor its supporters typically want to acknowledge any of nuclear’s shortcomings, or in most cases acknowledge that nuclear has any shortcomings at all. Too expensive? It’s the government’s fault, or Wall Street’s fault, or us anti-nukers make it too expensive. Safety issues? There are none. Radiation is not as harmful as portrayed. No one keels over immediately in most nuclear accidents, so we’ll pretend there are no health effects. And so what if a couple hundred thousand people lost their homes and businesses in Japan–they’re not dead so don’t complain–they can just go live in a radiation zone. Radioactive waste? Yucca Mountain. Oh, and Yucca Mountain. Don’t forget Yucca Mountain. Continue reading