Recently Scott Adams took a cursory look at the economics of Nuclear Energy in the US, and he rasied some great points. Ultimately the issue is much larger than just building plants, and disposing of the waste material. Go take a look here. The best thing about Scott’s posts are the discussion that it generates. There are a lot of intelligent folks that get opinionated in the comments section.
Gotta love the conclusion though:
The U.S. nuclear power debate usually gets characterized as a wrestling match between irrational scaredy cats and clear-headed rationalists, refereed by a comically incompetent government. The only thing I know for sure is that no one can understand the economics of a 40-year investment.