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As you say, a lot of it is fear and NIMBY. There have been enough incidents in the US, due at least in part to for-profit utility companies cutting corners on maintenance and training, to destroy public confidence in nukes.

Also, nukes tend to not be cost competitive. Another company that owns some nuke plants tried to shake down a state government for a subsidy for it's nukes by threatening to shut the plants and create a "power crisis" in the state.

A carbon tax could make nukes cost competitive, but the moment you say "tax", self-interested parties start screaming that taxes are "job killers".

Rigorous regulation to suppress the sort of for-profit corner cutting that has contributed to several incidents is derided as "burdensome big gummit interference".

So, here we sit in shinyland, so hamstrung by self-interested dogma and propaganda that nothing productive ever gets done.

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