It’s been obvious for decades that depending on conventional power must end. Nuclear generation is no exception. This article in Forbes Magazine – If Solar And Wind Are So Cheap, Why Are They Making Electricity So Expensive? by Michael Shellenberger – leaves critically important information out in the cold. The most glaring omission is his failure to disclose his advocacy on behalf of nuclear power. .
The True Costs of Energy
The author’s speculation about pricing in the conventional and fledgling alternative energy sectors amount to nothing more than distractions – red herrings. The cost of wind and solar has finally become cheap enough to make it a contender in the energy market. This doesn’t not mean it’s cheap! Not long ago, it was prohibitively expensive and has only recently dropped to a point where the investment can be seen to pay out in the long run.
The new solar and wind technology must also first build it’s infrastructure. The padded costs can’t reasonably be compared to existing, mature systems.
All energy technologies were heavily subsidized in the beginning to offset high first-time expenditures. Typically, tax
dollars shouldered the lion’s share. The consumer is being dinged more directly than in the past to cover this latest start-up.
There are many bugs in the new system yet to be worked out. This causes inefficiency, but is to be expected in such a new endeavor.
As these costs are recovered and adaptation to the new kind of supply structure stabilizes, the price of the product will more reflect the actual generation and delivery costs.
The short-term pain is accepted in favor of the long term gain.
More Comparing of Nuclear and Conventional Apples to
Solar and Wind Oranges
Three heavy users of nuclear power are claimed to have the lowest energy costs.And a few areas who’s costs have increased are linked with closure of nuclear generating plants.
It’s obvious that areas not paying for new infrastructure will be laying out less money than those who’ve made the commitment to replace unsustainable technology.
And let’s not forget that decommissioning a power plan isn’t free or a close-it-and-forget-about-it deal.
Leaving these factors out skews the context enormously. But I digress. What is the main point?
The Real Costs of Nuclear Energy that
Solar and Wind Stop Cold
There are no safe nor economically attractive ways to deal with nuclear leavings and their endless after-effects. And we are all are inescapably stuck paying for the pursuit of managing it.
The health-care and tax bills that result keep growing and will continue to do so.
Who had the right to paint humanity into this corner?
Unfortunately, even a total moratorium on nuclear related activity is no more than a band-aid. And for the countless numbers of people and environments already impacted, it’s far too little done far too late.
But it must be done in the attempt to protect health and rights for ourselves and all who come after us.
Money Does NOT Talk – or Think, Either
Just mull of over how different things would be had those responsible for allowing nuclear industry in the first place used their common sense instead of their calculators?
How would it be if they’d put the health of the planet we all depend on, first – even if critical thinking wasn’t their forte? How would it be now if the effort went into solar and wind power forty years ago?
At the very least, We’d be free of the ongoing human and economic burden of dealing with the disasters already created. And we’d also be free of the constant effort required to ensure there are no more.
Nuclear Power Has Always Been the Wrong Way
Down a One Way Street
The mental and financial energy wastefully and misguidedly poured into nuclear development would have been available to create sensible power – and medical – solutions long ago.
People have lived on Earth without electricity for all but the equivalent of a mere blink in our history. We can easily
adapt to doing with far less than we currently use.
This action would make solar and wind even more effective. And we’d at have a chance to eliminate any more poisonous additions to our environment.
There Sure is More Than One Side to The
Among the many citations on Mr Shellenberger’s Bio Page is a TED talk called How Fear of Nuclear Hurts the Environment.
Those who understand the reality of radiation pollution are not reacting out of fear and ignorance. They are actively working to protect human health and that of the planet. Anyone claiming otherwise is making a gross misrepresentation.
I whole-heartedly agree with the reasoning that obligation to report fairly and accurately must be upheld on all issues.
The surviving victims of the nuclear industry are equally and legally entitled to be heard without pre-judgment. And this counts for those affected – but don’t know it, yet.
The people who labor and research to help them – and us all by default – also have the same right to be fairly represented.
Our Descendants Have Been Robbed of Their Rightful Say on the Nuclear Legacy
Pandora should never have been let out of the box. But we can – we must – decide to do far, far better from here on in. There are many alternatives already and there are sure to be many more discovered.
Some may think it too expensive, but this is relative to whether they just consider at- the-tap dollars and cents or the true, never-ending price.