Re: Nuclear industry prices itself out of power market, demands taxpayers keep it afloat

[Note:  This comment comes from friend Steve Schear.  DLH]

From: Steven Schear <steven.schear@googlemail.com>
Subject: Re: [Dewayne-Net] Nuclear industry prices itself out of power market, demands taxpayers keep it afloat
Date: May 27, 2017 at 2:20:23 PM EDT
To: dewayne@warpspeed.com

Southern California Edison pressured regulators to stick taxpayers with 70% of San Onofre decommissioning costs (even though it was taken offline due to poor engineering). Like the accidents that ended the Space Shuttle, taxpayers were not told of the risks and eventual costs of pressurized water reactors. The engineers knew but it wasn’t until Richard Feynman discovered & revealed them for the Shuttle and we found out through Fukushima about this reactor technology. It’s because the civilian nuclear power industry was really just an subset of the Manhattan Project. What we call “nuclear power plants” are bomb material production plants, that happen to make electricity as a side effect. We ended up with these commercial designs because government had already paid. Industry knew of alternatives but switching would have cost them. Note that the molten salt reactor (MSR) was developed in the 1970s but never deployed. It’s only good for electricity, not weapons. Possibly the only hope for fission power is via MSR. Inherently safe by design and they can rid us of waste from current reactors.

 

Nuclear industry prices itself out of power market, demands taxpayers keep it afloat
Nuclear power is so expensive even some conservatives are turning on it
By Joe Romm
May 25 2017
https://thinkprogress.org/nuclear-demands-subsidies-b8bfa9bdd8fa

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