Originally Posted by Emerson
And Brian Dunning of Skeptoid on nuclear power
Bullet point off that one is that we would need a Chernobyl every three weeks to hit our death toll from coal. This considering that Chernobyl was an extremely dangerous reactor type to begin with and most of the world refused to build and run them.
There are two problems I have with nuclear power. First, the waste. We need to find a way to destroy it or render it impotent. Shipping it to someone else's state or country is not the answer because eventually everybody will develop NIMBY (not in my back yard) syndrome. The second thing is honesty. When Shoreham (the death knell to nuclear energy in this country) was being constructed the cost mushroomed completely out of control due to greed and corruption. State a price and a completion date and do it on time and on budget (no excuses and no more money). The real killer came with the evacuation zone though. They said there was a 10 mile evacuation zone needed. When it was pointed out that the evacuation routes off the island were within 7 miles of the plant the geniuses declared that only a 5 mile evacuation zone would be needed. Had they just said at the start that the island would be basically cut in half it could have been dealt with, but they showed they couldn't be believed or trusted.