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lindisfarne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-15-09 07:44 PM
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1. Yes. When all the real costs of nuclear, including storage of waste,decommissioning,&true liability
costs are included nuclear no longer looks so cheap. Energy companies in the US want to be absolved of liability & decommissioning (storage, once passed on to federal gov. is no longer their headache, either) = so they take massive profits and pass the biggest costs onto the taxpayer.

http://climateprogress.org/2009/01/05/study-cost-risks-... /
Estimates for new nuclear power place these facilities among the costliest private projects ever undertaken. Utilities promoting new nuclear power assert it is their least costly option. However, independent studies have concluded new nuclear power is not economically competitive.

Given this discrepancy, nuclears history of cost overruns, and the fact new generation designs have never been constructed any where, there is a major business risk nuclear power will be more costly than projected. Recent construction cost estimates imply capital costs/kWh (not counting operation or fuel costs) from 17-22 cents/kWh when the nuclear facilities come on-line. Another major business risk is nuclears history of construction delays. Delays would run costs higher, risking funding shortfalls. The strain on cash flow is expected to degrade credit ratings.

Generation costs/kWh for new nuclear (including fuel & O&M but not distribution to customers) are likely to be from 25 30 cents/kWh. This high cost may destroy the very demand the plant was built to serve. High electric rates may seriously impact utility customers and make nuclear utilities service areas noncompetitive with other regions of the U.S. which are developing lower-cost electricity.
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Yet the pro-nuke folks keep saying it's the better option.
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  -Nuclear Bombshell: $26 Billion cost $10,800 per kilowatt! killed Ontario nuclear bid bananas  Jul-15-09 07:31 PM   #0 
  - Yes. When all the real costs of nuclear, including storage of waste,decommissioning,&true liability  lindisfarne   Jul-15-09 07:44 PM   #1 
  - We must never forget the pro-nukers have been lying to us for years now  madokie   Jul-15-09 07:49 PM   #3 
  - Yes, and now, even costs are being claimed to be trade secrets in attempts to obscure the truth.  lindisfarne   Jul-15-09 07:52 PM   #4 
  - Oh bull. The fact is that the dumb anti-nuke set is extremely unfamiliar with economics,  NNadir   Jul-15-09 08:05 PM   #5 
  - Did you read the link in OP? Also, in your calculations, did you include the actual  lindisfarne   Jul-15-09 08:08 PM   #6 
  - Big guy don't read links  madokie   Jul-15-09 10:16 PM   #10 
  - But they can unrec this issue  Liberation Angel   Jul-16-09 12:17 AM   #13 
  - nnadir never fails to entertain. nt  Javaman   Jul-17-09 12:07 PM   #35 
  - you don't need to store for tens of thousands of years.  Sirveri   Jul-16-09 12:28 AM   #14 
     - No, you have to store it for a million years - EPA requirement, based on NAS report  bananas   Jul-16-09 11:54 AM   #18 
     - EPA requirement is a smokescreen for the real reason.  Sirveri   Jul-17-09 01:29 AM   #30 
        - No, it wasn't a "smokescreen".  bananas   Jul-17-09 03:07 AM   #31 
           - Time will tell. But with the current state of US politics I see coal in the future.  Sirveri   Jul-17-09 04:54 AM   #32 
              - Oil is less than 2% of current electric generation.  kristopher   Aug-05-09 10:14 PM   #37 
     - You want mayonaise on that shit samwich  madokie   Jul-16-09 12:28 PM   #20 
        - tell that to the US Navy and France.  Sirveri   Jul-17-09 01:15 AM   #29 
           - It's easy to be anything one thinks they want to be here on the Internet  madokie   Jul-17-09 05:44 AM   #33 
              - Wow really, I had NO idea.  Sirveri   Jul-17-09 11:36 AM   #34 
  - Oh bull. The fact is that the dumb pro-nuke set is extremely unfamiliar with economics,  bananas   Jul-16-09 03:24 PM   #22 
  - What were the real costs of earlier non-nuclear power generation methods?  TheMadMonk   Jul-17-09 01:10 AM   #28 
  - 2-4-6-8 -- NUCLEAR POWER -- AIN'T IT GREAT?!?!  xchrom   Jul-15-09 07:45 PM   #2 
  - Nuclear energy is free- we have a giant nuclear reactor in the sky.  Ian David   Jul-15-09 08:57 PM   #7 
  - And it's responsible for wind powersolar power, and hydroelectric power. Not geothermal though-  lindisfarne   Jul-15-09 09:10 PM   #8 
     - For geothermal we can thank the other stars that supplied the material that made the Earth.  GliderGuider   Jul-15-09 10:05 PM   #9 
     - Geothermal energy is produced by nuclear fission  Dogmudgeon   Jul-16-09 10:40 AM   #16 
        - I doubt that nuclear reaction is responsible for geothermal energy..  TheCoxwain   Jul-16-09 11:49 AM   #17 
           - I think you've got your Uranium isotopes backwards...  SidDithers   Jul-16-09 11:59 AM   #19 
           - yup .. my bad .. clearly its been a while ..but I think that does not water my argument down  TheCoxwain   Jul-16-09 12:52 PM   #21 
           - 20% planetary accretion, 80% radioactive decay  bananas   Jul-16-09 04:26 PM   #24 
  - K&R and into the greatest page -- let's see if the unrec does it in  Liberation Angel   Jul-16-09 12:01 AM   #11 
  - UNWRECKER strikes again OFF Greatest page! Damn BUT see this:  Liberation Angel   Jul-16-09 12:16 AM   #12 
  - Only a shill would unrec this thread - they want to hide the true costs.  bananas   Jul-16-09 03:38 PM   #23 
  - They've got it down to three recs - they are really afraid of this information!  bananas   Jul-16-09 07:25 PM   #25 
     - It fits with the way it's been with the nuke crowd from the get go  madokie   Jul-16-09 07:34 PM   #26 
     - 3 recs is their goal  Liberation Angel   Jul-16-09 10:14 PM   #27 
  - No surprise.  girl gone mad   Jul-16-09 01:19 AM   #15 
     - Who knows the price? - nobody yet  DiamondJoe   Aug-05-09 03:47 PM   #36 
 

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