Yeah, that’s why we’ve been building so many new nuke plants over the last 20-30 years. Cause everyone wants one in their back yard.
And the wind blows everyfuckingwhere, but try to put up wind turbines where wealthy people can see them. They’re almost as popular as a nuke plant, and the closer they get to where people live the less popular they become.
Well, while most nuclear plants in the US seem to have been built in between 1950 and 1980, there are more then a few (like the one 8 miles from me) that were built after 1980. If you look at the international scene though (mainly France and Japan), there have been many new plants in the last 20-30 years.
“According to the World Nuclear Association, globally during the 1980s one new nuclear reactor started up every 17 days on average, and by the year 2015 this rate could increase to one every 5 days.”
Now, I’m not expert one nuclear power, but I’m going to use some common sense and venture to guess that the real reason few nuclear plants have gone up in the last 30 years has little to do with public outcry. I’d guess that it has a lot more to do with things like the cheap cost of coal and the government not handing out permits.
That’s another good point… not just anyone can go and built a nuclear plant. It requires all sorts of permits from the government. Besides, the last I knew the government had approved a large number of new nuclear plants and had handed out new permits. I’ve been told it’s a good time to get into nuclear physics.
So, finally, I’m not going to argue that there arn’t some people out there who irrationally fear nuclear power. But just because there is a small number of people who out of ignorance think nuclear plants can go up in mushroom clouds doesn’t mean that, as you characterize, there are only a few nuclear plants and those have been sneaked in in the middle of no where. Nuclear power not only is our best bet for clean/safe/endless energy, it’s also already in widespread use in the US (about 20%).
I’m not sure what your point is though…