The argument that nuclear power is immoral because we’re leaving a toxic legacy for a hundred thousand years is simply no longer true.
Hollywood has a lot to answer for. One of the most influential forces in people’s understanding of nuclear has been …
Nothing about being pro-nuclear need diminish your support for wind and solar and energy efficiency. Those are all vital elements of any fully effective way forward.
The security issues related to nuclear technology are not insignificant. Are we taking proper notice?
Ironically, the only known terrorist attack on a nuclear power plant was carried out in the 1980’s by anti-nuclear greens in France using a rocket propelled grenade.
How much nuclear waste actually is there? Nuclear waste is not nearly so big of a problem as many of us have been led to believe. Volumetrically speaking there’s surprisingly little of it.
France was able to almost fully decarbonize its electric grid in just 20 years. They did so by relying on nuclear for 80% of their electricity, using standardized designs and the mass production of components.
Today’s reactors are large scale, long-term construction projects requiring very large up front capital costs. This, more than any other factor, has inhibited the further expansion of nuclear power around the world. But does that have to be the case?
Not at all. Advances in nuclear technology have certainly been thwarted by the decision in 1994 to terminate US Government funded R&D in this field.