Hey David - thanks for the comment.
I never heard anyone "make the case that it must be some kind of
conspiracy to recognize that baseload power is required to run a grid"
either. Do you have a link? ;-)
The point I was making, rather clumsily obviously, was as Upton
Sinclair more eloquently said: "It is difficult to get a man to
understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding
But, as you say, let's leave this aside and look at costs.
Sure, the Areva reactor in Finland is costing $7.1bn at the minute
but that's not the final cost. Not by a long shot.
Nor is there any reckoning of the decomissioning cost of this plant,
nor the cost of storing of its waste (in perpetuity). In fact there is
no reckoning of the cost of developing technologies to store the waste
from this plant as current technologies for storage of nuclear waste
cannot handle waste from EPR!
And I assume the cost of even something as straightforward as
insurance would be orders of magnitude greater for nuclear (esp EPR) as
opposed to renewables.