Ken,you and I both know that when it comes to a decision being made, it will have nothing to do except the bottom line. A nuclear power plant will cost more now but so will coal plants when the government changes its policy on emission releases - I'm sure those pollution credit charges will be skillfully passed on to the ratepayers. My company makes plenty of nuclear generated power and we'll be happy to sell some to Southern Company at a nice profit. Also, I didn't appreciate the radiation comment. You're dose uptake is probably more than mine simply by sitting behind your color monitor all day while playing with your Dilbert doll.
What a useless waste of time story. Let's just point out how dangerous every technology is and just cowl in a corner until someone rescues us. Bottom line is that there is no fail safe technology - each has its faults. I've worked in the nuclear industry for 26 years and feel very, very, confident that this technology is safe [although overly regulated]and the most sensible direction we need to focus.
Nuclear waste? We have 30-years of spent fuel stored at our site that takes up about a third of a football field. We waiting for the government to take it away like they promised 20-years ago but we realize that will never happen. Recycling the high-level waste, not burying it in the NV desert, is the answer here (as successfully done for years in France, the UK, and Japan).
Heating up the Savannah River? Global warming will eventually do the same thing except take longer.
Energy efficiency? A nice thought that may take the edge off but will never completely solve our energy woes. Bottom line is that utilities will either build more fossil plants because they don't want to assume the risk associated with a nuclear plant (although 30-years of data has shown this technology to be a very efficient and cost effective when compared to fossil)or may simply decide buy the extra needed power from other utilities (become an energy broker rather than producer - and let someone else take the risk). This option would be very, very bad news and expensive for the ratepayers.
Your point was...let's see, we can kill ourselves with a gun, a knife, or poison. Decisions, decisions.
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