Has this link been posted before? It makes some undeniable points clearly -- especially, see the comments highlighted with added ***s. While safety is a major issue, so is financing. Also, eventual disposal of radioactive waste is more than just a nagging problem, it is a major issue. And, until this issue is resolved -- and the costs factored into the financing commitments -- governments should not push for nuclear generating plants.
If good sense prevails (chancy, I know), we will see further-increased governmental support for PV investments, worldwide.
<<<Other analysts said they expected confidence in nuclear power to drop significantly as it did in the aftermath of other major accidents. Political confidence took at least three years to recover after the partial core meltdown in Unit 2 of the Three Mile Island accident in 1979. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the accident slowed growth, but led to a large number of new safety measures.
But any renewed confidence was shattered six years later in April 1986 after the Chernobyl accident – the most devastating in the history of nuclear power. ****World leaders categorically declared their continued intention to rely on the source of energy within weeks of the catastrophe, but funding for nuclear energy research dried up, the public became hostile and financiers in the US and Europe shunned the industry.****
No new reactors were ordered in the US for 25 years while Germany, Italy and many other European countries banned the expansion of the energy source.>>
There are some very interesting designs for advanced fission reactors in development, but most of the work is being done by government labs (US, Russia, China, India, Korea, France) universities and private r&d houses being funded by venture capital funds.
The biggest common thread in the majority of designs for advanced reactors is that they will be MUCH smaller and MUCH safer. One design is for a module that would be trucked in and buried like a gasoline fuel tank. That size is intended to provide all the electricity for a small town for several years.