This time it\’s the Low Carbon Kid. Talking about the costs of nuclear waste disposal he tells us that:
The last estimate for the cost of dealing with the waste and decommissioning of the U.K.\’s 19 reactors, by the National Audit Office in January 2008 was £73 billion over the next hundred years. This was 18% above initial estimates, and the costs of even near-term actions are still rising when they should have stabilised………The government has argued that new nuclear build should not be subsidised by the taxpayer and that companies should come up with a plan to manage the waste they create. They are currently allocating £1 billion per reactor.
But if I divide 19 into the 73 billion figure above I get nearly £4bn, not £1bn.
Oh, my. Well, what could one possibly say to this point? Well, if you look down the LCK\’s own post, you will see this:
But while the government pointed to this as the solution to waste from any new plants, CoRWM said it only meant this solution to apply to waste from Britain\’s old military nuclear programme dating back to the 1950s, so called legacy waste (see below for the link).
Yes, you see, that £73 billion figure includes cleaning up all of the waste from the military programme. Plus all of the original development of the basic technology.
Now I don\’t expect non-experts to know all of these things. But I do expect people who mention both to have the wit to add the two points together.
To make it clearer, let us apply the same logic to wind power. He\’s saying that we should include the maintenance costs of a 12 century windmill, one we maintain for heritage reasons, in our calculations of how much it\’s going to cost us to build a new windmill today.
Doesn\’t really work, does it?
And this is just flat out wrong:
The truth is we don\’t yet know what to do with existing nuclear waste.
Of course we know what to do with it. Vitrification and burial. The only reason we don\’t actually do it is because we\’ve got hippies screaming that we shouldn\’t. Or lying and insisting that we still don\’t know what to do.