“Nuclear Can Be Safe Or It Can Be Cheap … But It Can’t Be Both”


  • “Nuclear Can Be Safe Or It Can Be Cheap … But It Can’t Be Both”

    Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen was said in a recent interview that nuclear power can be made safe, but not at a competitive price:

    [Interviewer] With air transport, it’s incredibly safe. Could nuclear power ever reach that level of safety?

    [Gundersen] I have a friend who says that nuclear can be safe or it can be cheap, but it can’t be both.

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    It boils down to money. If you want to make nuclear safe, it gets to the point where it’s so costly you don’t want to build the power plant anyway … especially now with plummeting renewable costs.

    So can you make a nuclear reactor safe? Yes. Can it also at the same time compete with renewables, which are, of course, higher [priced] than natural gas? And the answer is no.

    Source: washingtonsblog.com