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  •  nice catch (0+ / 0-)

    yes, they don't issue licenses, i meant to say insurance.  And no they don't insure the construction of them, that's why they have to get federally guaranteed loans to build them, like Plant Vogtle. Once they're built, yes they take out very expensive insurance policies, and if you think a nuclear accident is only going to cause $375 million worth of damages, i've got some ocean front property in Tibet to sell you.
    The movie makes no mention of the carbon impact of uranium processing, so no, it doesn't say nukes are 100% carbon-free.
    The movie explicitly equates the benefits of nuclear power in removing nuclear weapons from circulation, which in fact may be an overall good thing.  There's no getting around the fact that the two are linked.  The research that went into making weaponss also feeds into research for energy.
    Yes, the movie is downplaying misconceptions by not talking about them, but it also explicitly brings out as many anti-nuke environmentalist misconceptions as it can.
    Unfortunately, human frailty and immorality has turned what could have been a wonderful source of energy into something fraught with danger and fear.  Choices made in the past to pass over less polluting and safer options for more polluting more dangerous options have put us where we are now.  I think it is disingenuous to say that all nukes are always bad, however, the nuclear industry has won that reputation by lying, breaking promises and choosing to take shortcuts.  
    The movie goes on at length about new nuclear technologies that are supposedly much safer and generate much less waste. Sounds nice.  If they can make that happen without putting the public on the hook for investment while the profits go to corporate interests then maybe they deserve a look.  Color me skeptical when there is so much money at stake.

    •  The industry does move (0+ / 0-)

      absurdly slowly.  With everything.  Too much quality assurance :)  The movie missed the biggest impediment to new nuclear bids because it's come to light too recently.  It's not fears of another meltdown.  It's not liability, or even private funding.  It's fracking.  Gas is too cheap and too easy to build right now.  Without a carbon tax, it'll remain so for a while.  Incidentally, those vaunted renewables have so far been natural gas's best friend.  You need a lot of spare capacity to compensate for intermittency.  In North America anyway, I'm not familiar enough with the German situation to decide between what BigMike and translatorpro are saying.

      Y'know, Three Mile Island only cost $77million in total payouts (not counting the power production loss) despite being a severe core damage accident.  Not gonna look up inflation tables but $350M doesn't seem to low unless you get a large release like Chernobyl or Fukushima.

      First they came for the slippery-slope fallacists, and I said nothing. The End.

      by Cream Puff on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 09:28:59 PM PST

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