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  •  none of them are carbon-free (0+ / 0-)

    though they all have roughly the same low-carbon footprint.

    The price of solar and wind is falling steadily, though, while the price of nuclear keeps rising.  Simple economics killed nukes decades ago. Nukes were never "cheap cheap cheap !!!" as advertised. Quite aside from the big long string of problems (waste storage, safety issues, liability, proliferation) that nukes couldn't solve before and still can't solve now. And of course uranium is itself a non-renewable resource, and all the quality sources have already been mined, leaving only the low-grade deposits.

    And in any case any new nukes will be tied up in court until God dies of old age, and likely will never be built.

    They're a non-solution.

    •  I vehemently opposed nukes (0+ / 0-)

      for 30 years for all the reasons you stated, until carbon emissions because an overriding issue.

      Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

      by 6412093 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 12:40:29 PM PST

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      •  I did too--I lived near Three Mile Island in 1979 (0+ / 0-)

        And none of the reasons why nuclear failed back then, have been solved. None.

        Nukes can't help with global warming.  Even if we committed to nukes today (and we never will--as I said they will be tied up in court until God dies of old age) it will be 30-40 years before any new nukes go online and begin generating any significant electricity. Far too late. Even the nukes already in the works, such as Progress energy's nukes in Levy County, are already three times overbudget and aren't expected to go online--if they are ever built at all--for at least 20 years.

        It's a non-solution, whether one is anti-nuke or not.  (shrug)

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