Originally Posted by brokencycle
The most unfortunate part is it delays us getting to fusion. If we were building more plants, there would be more research going into design and nuclear power in general. I think that would lead to faster breakthroughs on the fusion side as well.
We do spend a pretty good amount on fusion. It's just a damn hard thing, and it's kind of hard to keep selling "just give us 20 more years" after a couple cycles.
The other technology that seems promising is bio. I remember reading about experiments generating power by essentially putting algae in tubes of water in the desert and being able to generate power from that. From what I have read on the technology, that seems more effective than solar or wind, but we continue to pour money into the favored class.
Bio-diesel? The only big downside there is that it's really water intensive, but also that it's only for the vehicle side. I think solar is still the better bet for distribution system electricity.