Hissing in the wind
"its economic 'viability' is completely artificial and in a free market it would be a dismal failure"
Unfortunately a "free market" doesn't give a stuff about pollution, the future availability of resources, foreign control of fuel etc etc. Just like bankers don't give a stuff about an investment once they've got their bonus. (I think that has been proven beyond all reasonable doubt.)
A free market isn't stopping fossil fuels running out and it doesn't give us an infinite supply of uranium (yes it's limited too).
Nuclear energy is hardly operating in a free market.
Who is paying for the clean-up in Japan?
Who is paying for the decommissioning of power stations in the UK? (not that they have worked out how to do that yet)
Who is paying to store toxic waste for hundreds of years?
Who paid to build the reactors in the UK in the first place?
The nuclear industry? Not without a huge, fat hand-out from the tax payer.
If the economics of wind look less than perfect, Lewis, why don't you do an article on the true economics of nuclear power. The TRUE economics. It won't be easy because many of the costs related to the nuclear industry are open-ended and unknown. It's easy to generate "cheap" electricity when you are running the whole show with free money and you quietly ignore half your costs and get someone else to pay for the waste you produce.