Comment 61876

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted April 05, 2011 at 11:40:02

Thank you Andrew.

It blows me away that we can have lengthy discussions about the carbon and petrochemical costs of something like Tar Sands extraction, but don't count the cost of hard-rock mining and refining uranium. Likewise, we're now seeing a flood of nasty facts about coal (radiation, deaths etc) but none of that kind of homework is being done on the extractive end of nuclear power. We complain that cars release more carbon before they hit the dealership floor than they'll ever spew from their tailpipes. But we still put up with industry spokespeople that claim nuclear power stations are "carbon neutral".

And then there's the financial end of it. How one can claim that one of the most expensive generating stations you can build will lead to power which is "too cheap to meter" is just as absurd. But of course, this isn't about facts.

I get it. We as a society think nuclear reactors are really cool. So do I. But they're an absurd way to generate power.

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