1 Ton of Uranium causes 2000 tons of radiative and pollutive waste material.
And fossil fuels are needed for cleaning, preparation, transportation and enrichment.
So, is Uranium and atomic power environmental friendly? Is it cheap?
There was the German Uranium caving Wismut in former Eastern-Germany. Results: Radiation, 7000 cases of lung cancer and more than 20,000 victims, in the whole German Uranium caving. Here are the costs of the Wismut redevelopment: 6,500,000,000 EUROs.
So, is atomic power cheap? Is it clean? Does it have a future with a range of 60 years?
Where Uranium comes from: Niger, Gabun, Namibia, Sudan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, South-Africa, Russia, Australia. As you can see, most of them won’t have the 6,500,000,000 EUROs. Most of them are politically instable.
Add the following costs to the energy consumption costs of Atomic Power:
– Recovery of damages
– Redevelopment of radioactive wastelands
– and the (still today non-existent) assurance for atomic power (plants) – from 2 – 5,000,000,000,000 EURos for each reactor
-> Atomic power would be unpayable.
Thanks to the atomic states and non-objective organisations such as the IAEA, atomic power is payable, although it isn’t.
But it will become more and more expensive, just like Oil today.