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Nukes, Part 1.5: Nuclear Bomb

By Joe Romm on June 2, 2008 at 10:47 am

"Nukes, Part 1.5: Nuclear Bomb"

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nuclear-power.jpgIf you are looking for a shorter, more readable version of my study, “The Self-Limiting Future of Nuclear Power,” I’ve got just the thing. Salon has published my article, “Nuclear bomb: Nuclear energy, the sequel, is opening to raves by everybody from John McCain to a Greenpeace co-founder. Don’t be fooled. It’s the Ishtar of power generation.”

As the article points out, back in May 2001, the Economist (subs. req’d) explained that nuclear power had fallen out of favor because it simply was “too costly to matter.” Today, nuclear power is nearly three times the price it was when the Economist wrote that.

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4 Responses to Nukes, Part 1.5: Nuclear Bomb

  1. Mauri Pelto says:

    My only exposure to the nuclear industry was in spending two years helping select the high level site at Yucca Mountain by providing input on ice sheet size and extent for forecasting climate for the next 100,000 years for the three sites under consideration. Okay, stop laughing at the impossibility of that task. Anyway this experience 20 years ago convinced me of two things. 1. We are irrational in our fear of the hazards of nuclear waste from operation to transport. Both of which we successfully do. 2. It is just too costly to be worth pursuing, without even considering the disposal pricetag.

    Twenty years later the economics have gotten even worse, I appreciate the detailed analysis you provide of this actual versus percieved (safety) achilles heel.

  2. msn nickleri says:

    Twenty years later the economics have gotten even worse, I appreciate the detailed analysis you provide of this actual versus percieved (safety) achilles heel.