Monday, August 06, 2007

Anti-nuclear paranoia

Paul Josephson writes:
Since the 1950s, the nuclear industry has promised energy "too cheap to meter," inherently safe reactors and immediate cleanup and storage of hazardous waste. ... Thankfully, after public protests, the federal government did not approve Consolidated Edison's 1962 request to build a reactor in Queens, N.Y., three miles from the United Nations.
Maybe some of those protesters didn't want the UN to get any more power!

Nuclear energy never got too cheap to meter, but it did become the safest and cheapest source of huge amounts of electricity. The only thing more efficient is the gas electricity/heat cogeneration plants, in areas that can use them. Unfortunately, nuclear power is made more expensive by excessive costly regulation, and the fossil fuel plants get subsidies and avoid paying carbon and pollution externalities.

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