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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-10-10 08:09 PM
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23. The United States built 100 reactors in less than 30 years.
Edited on Fri Sep-10-10 08:11 PM by NNadir
They didn't cost the equivalent of $10 billion (2010) dollars each.

Some did, but usually that was because of trying to address the specious objections of people who couldn't care less about how many deaths occur in actual practice because of normally operating coal plants, but wanted to discuss every imaginable risk of a nuclear plant.

The survivors of the people who died as a result would not be amused if they really understood what happened.

I am always amused when people tell me that what has already occurred is impossible.

The anti-nuke community destroyed the world's nuclear manufacturing infrastructure and then, like Volunteer firemen/arsonists showing up at fires they started hoping to be declared heros, want to announce that nuclear energy is "too expensive."

The same people have been announcing for 50 years that solar energy will soon competitive with the grid because of mass production. Guess what? That's about as accurate as reports that Jesus will soon return.

Last year India forged a reactor head for it's 500 MWe fast breeder reactor using indigenous manufacturing. It was way under budget. They have therefore, now, the experience to manufacture the next six they plan.

We can either declare that gas and coal are "cheap" because we don't require them to meet nuclear standards for safety - they are for instance allowed to dump their waste in human flesh for free - or we can rebuild the destroyed nuclear infrastructure.

Right now we have very few nuclear engineering schools in this country. A B.S. nuclear engineer's median salary is about $75,000/year, so this is somewhat strange. It doesn't bode well for our future generations, but it's not like they're losing sleep over this in other parts of the world. (I would be very happy and proud if one of my two sons pursues this fine and honorable career.)

The nation in the world with the largest positive balance of payments surplus - that would be China - has announced it will build 200 reactors in the next 20 years. They now have 24 under active construction, so it's hard to argue that they're lying. They started a fast breeder up just two months ago.

They have announced an intention to build 500 reactors by 2050. They couldn't care less what Westerners picking lint out of their navels think about their plans.
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