The footprint of nuclear power in the US is the size of Godzilla. Here’s why:
1. Due to the Japanese holocost, the new era of nuclear plant construction in the US will have to be reexamined.
2. Because of this Fukushima disaster, Wall Street has refused to to underwrite loans for any new nuclear plant unless 100% of the loan is guaranteed by the federal government.
3. At $10 billion per reactor will nuclear reactors be too expensive to build?
4. Some observers say that low natural gas makes gas turbines a cheaper option, whereas others say that we should double or triple the size of our nuclear fleet to face our ongoing energy challenges.
Money and fear have made the job of the nuclear industry a lot tougher.