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I agree but would add one thing. In mission critical apps, simplicity is extremely important. These guys don't go for the "classes constructed entirely from multiple inheritance from templates" approach either.
Contrast this with the alternative. In those 20yrs you could have built an almost infinite number of wind turbines, solar panels insulated houses, ethanol cars etc etc.
Wind turbines, solar, etc can also be built, installed and maintained by people with already existing skill sets (laid off auto and construction workers). They don't require lengthy approval processes. Retrofitting existing houses with insulation, double paned windows etc is even easier. There were 1.4 million houses built in the US in 97 and 18 million cars. Half of that effort can be diverted to these low tech solutions. You can be reducing carbon output today. Ethanol (not corn ethanol...), can be produced by today's farmers right now, can be used to fuel existing cars (ie even 20 yr clunkers) right now with trivial modifications. It is all low tech and easy and genuinely clean (there is no way to dispose of nuclear waste).
Also I don't believe nuclear is any cheaper than wind. For one thing the cost of waste management and the real cost of security is not included in the calculations, and the "time" cost while we wait 20yrs. And there is the finite possibility of a major disaster, which would have the effect of shutting down all the reactors anyway, which I'm sure is not included in the cost.
I have never seen an analysis of say if A.Q. loaded a 737 with 40,000 lbs of high explosive and flew it into a reactor. Ok I haven't really looked..
And the other problem that has not (and never will be) addressed is waste disposal.
So I would really like us to build huge arrays of offshore windmills, solar panels, thermal solar, geo-thermal, insulate houses, re-design cities and transport systems, high efficiency ethanol cars, low loss transmission lines etc etc, before we spend any effort on new reactors. They may be necessary, but they need to be a last resort when all other possibilities have been exhausted. The nuclear lobby should be able to easily prove that they are necessary. I haven't seen a convincing case.
A hyperbolous christmas to you.
The headline of the article is:-
"The Gundersons get us ready for Basil, the robot of our dreams"
Quite a claim, really, but an "intelligent" table is not the robot of anyones dreams.