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Life cycle costing has been used in renewables for decades, and is widely accepted.  The problem comes in determining how to include externalities, and what do they actually cost.  For example, what (roughly? exactly?) is the cost of a coal miner's life?  What is the cost of a gulf or two?  What are the long term costs of isotope storage, factoring in the cost of capital over a few millenia, give or take.

Thus it always comes down to the politics.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Thu May 20th, 2010 at 12:45:57 PM EST
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