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Nederland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-22-10 12:27 AM
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23. Cherry picking is theoretically possible
Edited on Fri Oct-22-10 01:13 AM by Nederland
It is also exceedingly easy to prove. The report cites 13 examples, then makes a very specific claim at the end: "A long list of such price escalations could be quoted, and there are no exceptions."

So if you think the report cherry picks its data, come up with a counter example. Like you said, the examples cover only a fraction of the total number of reactors, so how hard can it be?

As far as your claims of a "negative learning curve", the facts do not support that assertion. A basic review of the safety records of all US nuclear reactors shows that the increased regulatory requirements and last minute design changes that drove costs through the roof did not make plants built later on safer. In fact, there is some evidence that last minute design changes made in the name of safety in fact made the plants less safe. These issues are covered in Chapter 6 of the report I linked to.
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