Originally Posted by SectorNine50
If you look at the expense of keeping refineries and oil rigs up to standards, you'd realize that nuclear is not that expensive.
It's actually very cheap per kilowatt.
Real life contradicts you though doesn't it. What with all the old and obsolete nuclear reactors all around the world. If it was so cheap why haven't they all upgraded to modern to avoid situations like fukujima? I wonder how many fukujima's there are around the world just waiting to happen because the plants are old and decrepit.
Once again I'll repeat myself here. I wouldn't mind nuclear if the problems of plant safety were addressed. There needs to be a 100% safety guarantee at nuclear plants because the consequences of failure are too high. Fukujima and chernobyl will never be safe to inhabit by humans again.
And the true cost of handling nuclear waste needs to be included in the production cost of the electricity. This is the real deal breaker since I bet if they include the cost of storing every cubic centimeter of nuclear waste produced forever I doubt if nuclear power is competitive with anything else. ...And... looking up how much waste is produced each year it's freaking tons and tons of the stuff. Yeah I guarantee you they arn't including the costs of storing that safely for millions of years in the price of nuclear energy.
So yeah. If the industry addresses those two points I'll be fine with nuclear. Until then though nuclear won't be happening where I live.