Nuclear power is not the only answer to the world-scale threat of global warming. There are two types of light water reactors.
Use nuclear power to produce hydrogen from ocean water for automobiles and keep oil and natural gas for making industrial products. A Nuke plant will get built only if the Fed forces the issue and overrides the state and local governments that will oppose it.
We must urgently break out of the stranglehold of these energies from the past. The spent reactor fuel is in a solid form, consisting of small fuel pellets in long metal tubes called rods.
But the sustained development of renewables has far more than offset the reduction of nuclear electricity generation. If a casing that allowed the heat out without the high level radiation where discovered it would solve all of my problems with nuclear power.
UCS strongly supports a robust, economy-wide price on carbon to address this market failure and level the playing field for all low- and no-carbon sources of electricity.
Email Many environmentalists have opposed nuclear power, citing its dangers and the difficulty of disposing of its radioactive waste. At such prices it becomes, at some point, economical to mine sea-water with ion-exchangers.