Thinking on Talks (parts I & II)
ben at bpfh.net
Tue Dec 6 16:00:58 GMT 2005
On Tue, Dec 06, 2005 at 03:11:16PM +0000, David Cantrell wrote:
> * I'd be happy with just encasing the waste in glass** and burying it in
> old mines. Keep good records of where the damned stuff is, and either
> leave it for ever or let our great-grandchildren deal with it. They'll
> probably turn it into a tourist attraction just like how tourists these
> days go ooh! and aah! at old mills and railways.
Not quite great-grandchildren. If the Romans had built nuclear power plants
in Britain we would still have to be guarding the waste.
Funnily enough, neither that nor the decomm costs are ever factored into
the cost profile of nuclear fission.
 And of course, the best way to build something which required those
standards of engineering would be to have secret negotiations with a
profit-making entity (who, by a basic law of the market is totally incapable
of borrowing money more cheaply than the British Government) and make
a decision based on lobbying pork from those selfsame entities.
Then fiddle the numbers. Then keep the contractual arrangements secret
to prevent the public from seeing what a shockingly bad deal the civil
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