Johhny Electriglide wrote:
Read Hansen's "Storms of My Grandchildren". It is a common misconception to lump Gen IV nuclear with the other ones. Gen IV reactors use the waste of the other reactors and produce very little and only 10 year half life waste themselves. There is enough nuclear waste stored to power all of them replacing coal fired plants for 500 years and then they can run off of deuterium in sea water, no more uranium mining needed, ever. Good designs were trashed by Clinton in '94(to appease the anti-any-nuclear supporters) and those people who worked on the plans are mostly still around and remember. There are now 8 of them running well around the world, and we need thousands more by 2020. By the way, they have no proliferation danger either---read Hansen's book.
It would be nice if everywhere was perfect for solar as here.
The nuclear industry has been telling this sort of thing for 60 years I am not holding my breath.
Generation IV reactors (Gen IV) are a set of theoretical nuclear reactor designs currently being researched. Most of these designs are generally not expected to be available for commercial construction before 2030. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_IV_reactor
So we start building them around 2030 then we spend another 20 years sorting out the bugs, in the meantime we have a technology that we know works. Yes there are some problems associated with implementing large scale renewables but we do have the theoretical knowledge to sort them out.
The Nuclear power industry is simply a problem desperately looking for a reason to be.