The pro-nuclear sentiment here is disturbing, from a bunch of people who are otherwise pretty free thinking. I am MSME thermal fluids and material science with specialties is radiation, probability and statistics. Around 2005 I started hearing how nuclear was now being considered "green". This is shortly before I started catching on to the scams related to the entire financial system, including the lies and intended massive wealth transfer related to CO2 and "Global warming". So I thought it was "cool" that nuclear was being called green, it was high tech, and from a young lad being exposed to Cook Nuclear plant and all the great lies of "too cheap to meter"....I did not look further.
After Fukushima, I started studying the industry and what they have been doing, and was rather appalled at the highly risky ways they handled their most dangerous product, spent fuel, and their superficial focus on "safety" in stupid ways. A welder friend who does work at nuke plants states how they go through advanced safety training on vacuous type things as "if you are using a cart on a sloped floor stand behind it or it will run you over". And they ignore the elephant in the room, storing spent fuel, often hundreds of tons, in water pools that are often located at the top of the reactors. In fact, they do calculations, to "prove" that tighter packing densities are possible if they use boron sheets to separate them. And then ignore the fact that these boron sheets degrade with time.
The direct costs of an accident at a nuke plant, will more than wipe out any long term financial benefits of even a fleet of nuclear plants. Fukushima will see direct costs of over $1 Trillion, and the indirect costs of pain, suffering, loss of productivity, loss of life will also be enormous. Chernobyl was "not as bad" it was just one reactor, and they took effective action, although it put hundreds of thousands of people at risk in the mitigation effort, it was the right thing to do.
But when you get to studying the industry, you see that the whole thing, from the bottom up, is built upon a stack of lies. Starting with "background" which they pretend is around 6 mSv, even though in reality it is less than 1 mSv. Then the ICRP dose model, which models the human body as a bag of water with energy being "deposited" by ionizations. This dose model makes a mockery of science and epidemiological studies that clearly show that even low dose radiation causes cancers and contributes to many other diseases / morbidity.
But it's big money projects, and when those happen, money can be siphoned off for bribes, kickbacks, and so industry and politicians love them. And it has the entire backing of the Military/Industrial complex.
But to see those who don't even buy into the CO2 lies, support nuclear on "other grounds" that I find hard to even establish, is disappointing. Study it with an open mind, and it is very likely you will come to the same conclusions that I have, it is time to phase out all civilian nuclear power plants.
Each running nuclear plant produces the equivalent of 3 nuclear bombs of radiation, EACH DAY. And there is no solid, safe way to store it for the tens of thousands of years that it needs to be stored.
We shall see if I get past moderation. This is the first time in years a comment at WUWT has been sent to moderation. <note it did get through moderation>