I think there's a fairly compelling abstract logic that given the pressing nature of the climate change issue, it'd be a good thing to have more electricity generated by nuclear power plants despite the waste issue. The concrete reality of the matter, though, is that the nuclear power industry is basically looking for handouts and I see no reason why they should get them. A sensible energy policy would, through caps or taxes, effectively penalize energy sources that emit large amounts of carbon thereby de facto advantaging nuclear power along with wind, solar, hydro, etc. and I don't have a problem with that. But if we're going to be handing out additional subsidies (and I'm really not sure we should be) they should be directed at the very cleanest things available, which nuclear certainly isn't.

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