Sudbury (Greater Sudbury, ON, Canada) letter: Small nuclear reactors not the answer
- Dec 23, 2019 12:38 pm GMT
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Sudbury letter: Small nuclear reactors not the answer, Published on: December 12, 2019
This last week, three premiers met to promote small modular nuclear reactors. They were Scott Moe of Saskatchewan, the home of uranium mining; Doug Ford, the home of nuclear power with the world’s largest nuclear reactor collection at Bruce Power and where Ontario gets about 60 per cent of its electricity from nuclear power; and Blaine Higgs of New Brunswick, which has one nuclear reactor.
All of these premiers are against the carbon tax, which is the most efficient way to decrease CO2 emissions. They have proposed putting our taxpayers’ money into the unproven technology of small modular nuclear reactors to address climate change.
We need to be instituting solutions now using renewable energy, not something that has not been built. There were more than a hundred designs for small modular nuclear reactors and that has been narrowed down to about a dozen, but none have even been built yet.
It has taken at least 10 years for a nuclear power reactor to be built in the world, but usually, it takes much longer and usually with cost overruns.
We also need an inexpensive solution. Small modular nuclear reactors will be extremely expensive, as has all nuclear power. This is why our electricity rates are so expensive here in Ontario compared to Quebec, which uses hydroelectricity and has closed Gentilly, its nuclear power plant.
I take special pleasure reading nonsense as above. I have read a lot about small nuclear reactors development, but never understood how those miniature nuclear reactors were connected to power, aka electrical energy, generation…
Abraham Lincoln or Mark Twain: Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.