Some interesting math on nuclear power


According to HuffPo contributor Joseph Romm, John McCain’s desire to emulate the French – itself a surprise – when it comes to that country’s dependence on nuclear power could come with a pretty major price tag.

McCain is repeating his little-noticed uber-Francophile statement from his big April 2007 speech on energy policy, “If France can produce 80% of its electricity with nuclear power, why can’t we?”

Why can’t we? Wrong question, Senator. The right question is — Why would we? Let’s do the math.

Apparently it would take a heck of a lot to meet 80 percent of U.S. energy demand with nuclear power.  According to Romm, it means about “700 new nuclear power plants and 7 Yucca Mountains” (that’s where we put all the nasty stuff left over from nuclear power generation) at a cost of “$4 trillion.”

What else could $4 trillion buy?  How about investment in truly renewable energy sources like the concentrated solar that Romm refers to?


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