16 February 2010

Nuclear Power: too dirty to matter

I am not reflexively opposed to nuclear power in principle, as some of a new-agey bent are, but I believe the weight of evidence says that it is plagued by unresolved waste disposal issues that drive its already uneconomically high costs to the point where almost every other energy alternative appears preferable, at least here in North America. The reality is that nuclear reactors have never been built anywhere without public or ratepayer subsidies on either the front or back end, usually both. When all the costs (including waste, public health, and environmental damage costs) are included, the cost of nuclear power is higher than any other form of electric energy. Which is why I'm surprised by this NYT article saying that there's a new drive from policymakers for nuclear power.

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