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  •  Well, nukes got bigger subsidies. (1+ / 0-)
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    Laurence Lewis

    I will point out that whichever form of energy gets bigger subsidies is likely to have more construction.  Saying "oh, there are more nuclear plants" without mentioning that is disingenuous.

    -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

    by neroden on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 08:30:02 PM PDT

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    •  Oh bull. Germany and Spain have nearly gone (0+ / 0-)

      broke subsidizing the solar scam, to the tune of billions upon billions of Euros, and the entire enterprise in either country can't produce as much [i]energy[/i] in a year as a single nuclear reactor.

      The feed in laws in those countries have required consumers - many of whom are not rich bourgeois brats but are, in fact, poor people - to face the some of the most costly electricity in Europe.

      Denmark has the [i]highest[/i] electricity prices in Europe, and France some of the lowest.

      Every single anti-nuke who complains about nuclear subsidies is full of shit and any claim dribbling out their mouthes about subsidies is inherently fraudulent selective attention.  

      The return on investment for nuclear technology in terajoules per dollar has been enormous.   Nuclear technology produces more than 5% of the world's primary energy.  

      The last 5 days of oil, gas, and coal subsidies - which engender no set of complaints from anti-nukes, who have very, very, very, very, very, very, very selective attention - doesn't equal the last 50 years of nuclear support.   Much of this subsidy is represented by damage to human flesh, mostly lung tissue, but many other tissues are damaged, generating huge health costs.

      The difference between oil, gas and coal and nuclear is that nuclear has an extremely low external cost, and these highly subsidized forms of fossil fuels do not.

      The external cost of solar (and wind) are largely missed, mostly because they have failed, despite huge unjustifiable subsidies, to do anything useful in the fight against climate change.

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