Alex, I can no longer read your postings. They have gotten smaller and smaller until now there is only one word per line. So I will start a new post based on the old post.
You keep making the argument that nuclear is the safest energy source in history. Nice. We do need to overlook Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima, spills, accidents, nuclear testing that went on for decades, etc. But I gather what you mean is that fewer workers are killed in the construction of a nuclear power plant than lets say building a Hoover Dam or a coal plant. I'll take your word for it. I would agree that potentially fewer people are killed building a nuclear power plant than laying solar panels on the TransAmerica building.
The safety issue, however, from my point of view is the heralded Black Swans. Until nuclear Black Swans are as insouciant as a thermal solar plant, I'm not willing to take the risk. You are. We are barely at the 2-year anniversary of Fukushima and we are supposed to just forget about it. From your viewpoint that was old technology, we've learned from that, let's move on. Well that 's what was being said when they built Fukushima. Kind of a stuck record.
The waste issue still remains a major issue. Fukushima wouldn't be in the mess it's in today if it didn't have all those spent rods to keep cool. I know, it was a design flaw. Who in their right mind would put spent nuclear rods on rooftops? Won't happen again . . . trust me.
And that is really what the nuclear industry is saying. Trust us. We know what we are doing. You don't. Don't worry your pretty little head none. Full speed ahead. A little nod to solar power, a tip of the hat to wind power, a blink at natural gas, but hey, the real shit is in nuclear power. . . and so are the bucks.
We both know that if we start going down the nuclear path, that will be the only energy source we will come to rely on. Consequences be damned. You just need to pry that door open enough for the floodgates the release nuclear nirvana. We will convince ourselves that every accident, every problem is simply a learning lesson and they won't happen again. Until the next Black Swan.
Look, I would love for nuclear to work. But until it's as safe as mothers milk and the waste created is non-lethal, I'm agin' it. Solar is as safe as mother's milk and the waste stream is non-lethal if not non-existent. Why not go down that road? You might have to change your field of study but you sound young enough to me :-)
O.K., I've got my helmet on. Start lobbing your bombs.