A nice rundown of some of the technical issues keeping nuclear power at bay across the globe. Safety, of course, is the big one. The challenges facing nuclear energy are inherent within the system. The control rods need to be cooled down to generate the steam which powers the generators. When things go wrong, they go very wrong. Accidents at sites like Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima draw massive headlines and bad publicity. Thirteen countries rely on nuclear for at least a third of their energy supply although this is generally seen to be a downward trend. Nuclear leader France, for example, just elected Emmanuel Macron to be prime minister partially on acampaign promise of reducing the country’s 72 percent reliance on nuclear to 50 percent. The upkeep is just too great. Macron, like many around the world, is hoping to transition to renewable energy, which recently became the cheapest form of energy on the globe. One of the big advantages of renewables? Minimal upkeep, and never having to worry about rods again.
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