Time to forget nuclear power

It’s time to forget nuclear power. After a half-century of development it has failed to survive without heavy subsidy and insurance from central governments. Free markets have not and never will back nuclear power.

Gas, wind, co-generation, recovered heat and end-use efficiency are all substantially cheaper sources of energy than nuclear power, to name just a few. Furthermore, nuclear power is not the carbon free panacea that its proponents claim. Per dollar spent it displaces far less carbon emissions than almost all alternatives (such as those mentioned above).

Finally, nuclear power plants take many years to construct and are operationally unreliable once commissioned. Did I mention the risks of mining and refining nuclear fuel, and the disposal of nuclear waste? Forget nuclear power.

For a far more in-depth anaylis see “Forget Nuclear” by Amory B. Lovins, Imran Sheikh, and Alex Markevich: www.rmi.org

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