Re: All hail the climate God!
Wait, there are working large scale thorium reactors? I've really behind on this, I thought they where still 1st generation units, and there where some significant corrosion issues to be overcome.
Or is the cost for thorium reactors entirely theoretical at this time? Don't get me wrong, I think they are fantastic tech, even just for having something that we can actually get rid of nuclear waste with. But there's still a fair whack of engineering to do. I dimly recall fission reactors where supposed to produce so much power it wouldn't even be worth metering it. Hell, you could compare cost per KWH of a fusion generator, those always appear to be "40 years in the future" and have awesome stats :)
The nuke industry is particularly opaque, so calculating things like deaths per KWH or actual cost per KWH, or even TCO is pretty much impossible. National security trumps all, but it does make it very hard to assess fission nukes actual worth as power plants. But if they are primarily as a way of making weapons grade fissile material then does it even matter? The state gets it's super bang weapons (which it can't ever really use) and assumes the responsibility for finding a way to deal with the waste. The power generation is just a bonus, and convenient smoke screen.
I'm not the biggest fan of wind or solar (in UK) either. Well, large scale installations anyway, having them as local production seems sensible. I like me big plants to run when needed. I am a huge fan of hydro, especially low impact micro hydro from run-of-river or using existing infrastructure (mills and canals), but hydro does wreak havoc on ecosystems. And if you're using a dam and it breaks then you have a massive disaster and loss of life that gets squarely blamed on you (or your civil engineers). As compared to killing people by burning coal (and to a lessor extent other hydrocarbons) or producing toxic waste in the hope that someone will come up with a way of disposing of it, as those deaths can't be directly linked to you.