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Now ask me again why we need those plants when no-one is reducing their power usage

We live in a capitalist society. You want us to decrease our electricity usage? Then raise the price of electricity. Human nature isn't going to magically change; if you want people to do something, you need to use either incentives or disincentives.

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We live in a capitalist society. You want us to decrease our electricity usage? Then raise the price of electricity. Human nature isn't going to magically change; if you want people to do something, you need to use either incentives or disincentives.

Or, alternatively we could increase supply. Wow, that would solve the problem too, and be better for everyone. Hmm, artificially increase price, or increase supply... Not really a hard decision.

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Why close it if there is nothing wrong? It hasn't been affected by any disaster like Fukushima.

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Lets see most nuclear reactors in the world currently operating are oold(reaching or way past their expected life-time).

When did the USA(example), etc put a new power-plant online? Been decades but the power usage has grown by a large factor over the last 20-30 years.

Current plants can't supply it all and besides their age and problems plus been extended to go for another few decades beyond their planned life-expectancy.

So current plants are too old and brittle plus are expected to go for a few more decades, while electricity demands are sky-rocketing(for 3 decades now) because we want our PC's, Ipad's, Cars etc, charged and working 24/7.

Now ask me again why we need those plants when no-one is reducing their power usage but expect more and more from the tab in their wall.

Electric cars, Bikes, etc don't charge themselves out of the nothing, etc. The Electricity needs to come from somewhere and needs to be paid for. Home Solar panels, etc won't cover that demand by themselves alone.

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@Vic

It's not a safety issue. They don't produce electricity, they process spent fuel. A lot of their contracts come from Japan, and with the shut-downs after Fukushima they're not financially viable. A bit sad...a friend of mine works there.

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