Green energy forums have been dominated by pro-nuclear discussions of late – with a detectable pattern of cartel-speak. The arguments generally portray nuclear power as a venerable, low-cost, zero-carbon savior as opposed to “high priced”, “unproven” renewable energy alternatives such as solar thermal, solar PV, wind and biomass/geothermal. – Nothing could be further from the truth.
Brothers & sisters, here are a few revelations about the fast-approaching last days of costly, dirty nuke plants:
Real-world reactor operating life – Average age before reactors are decommissioned is 22 years, not 40 as nuclear proponents testify. In fact, there has been no net increase in the total number of plants for 20 years .
Non-competitive price per kWh – The official price per kWh is grossly underestimated. Reactor construction costs frequently run 300% over budget. Dismantling & nuclear waste disposal costs are deliberately quoted as being lower than reality. If these factors were considered in the price per kWh equation, nuclear energy couldn’t compete against any other resource.
Looming shortage of uranium fuel – Here’s a shocker: Every tenth kWh of nuke-generated electricity comes from former Soviet Union warheads. Since the 1990’s, uranium consumption has been higher than production. Today 40% of demand is drawn from “reserves” (dismantled nuclear weapons). – Uranium reserves will be exhausted in 10 years.
CO2 balance -It takes enormous amounts of energy to mine low-grade uranium. Only Canada possesses deposits of ore-grade of 1 percent. In other countries, ore grades are 0.1% (two thirds of countries have only 0.06% grade ore). If ore grade falls to 0.02% the carbon balance boasted of by the cartel becomes negative.
Uranium fuel prices skyrocketing – Between 2000 and 2007, spot pricing for uranium oxide soared from USD $7 per pound to USD $130 per pound. Experts predict much higher prices as uranium reserves peak.
These little-known facts pretty much nail down the lid on nuclear energy’s coffin, and make the “zero CO2” nuclear power gospel irrelevant.
It’s time to embrace the real solutions. “And of the kingdom of the Sun there shall be no end.” Solar thermal power is now cheaper than coal, and ready to be installed even down to the home level.
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