South Africa is experiencing severe, ongoing power shortages. Nuclear power, however controversial, can deliver huge amounts of energy – way more than any other source. And that’s what South Africa needs and wants now.
Yes, we need all kinds of renewable clean, power, and plenty of conservation and smart grids too. But as Jim Kuntsler has said, nuclear will keep the lights on until we figure out what comes next.
80% of the power in France comes from nuclear. They’ve never had the slightest problem, and their third-generation nukes are state of the art.
Yes, the storage problem for the depleted fuel is troublesome. But we also need to keep the lights on without emitting huge amounts of carbon.