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A safe nuke is not more expensive than a dangerous nuke. Nukes are expensive, period.
For example, the Fukushima accident would never happened if the plants had been protected by a comparatively cheap 20 metre high seawall.
And even if such a thing was lacking and the plants had indeed suffered core meltdowns, 99.9% of the radioactive emissions would have been avoided if the plants had been equipped by protective filters, cheap and simple enough that all Swedish nukes had them installed in the 80's.
Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
The US has ample sustainable, renewable energy sources that can be tapped with already existing renewable energy harvest technology for all our energy needs, if we adopt a sustainable economy, and if we don't adopt a sustainable economy then having nuclear power isn't going to save us. Our major energy challenge is vested interests standing in the way of abandoning energy profligate systems that they directly profit from.
I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.
Well, we do have both more acute and more serious longshort term problems than the energy crisis...
Namely, are we going to starve to death this coming winter due to massive crop failures...
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