As for the cost to clean up Fukushima? Can we PLEASE stop blaming nuclear power for what is in reality a case of corporate and government malfeasance please?
You're confused. No one is "blaming" "nuclear power". Nuclear power is just a technology. People are blaming humans for being too irresponsible to handle it. Individual humans might be sufficiently responsible, but the system is not designed so as to place them in control. It is only designed to self-perpetuate and to make some rich people richer. Given these facts, using nuclear power is irresponsible. If you have a proposal for a system which will cause nuclear power to only be used responsibly, I'm interested in hearing it.
It was SUPPOSED to have been shut down years ago, it wasn't, it was SUPPOSED to have been well maintained, it wasn't,
People left warnings as to where tsunamis had surged in the past and hoped they would be heeded, they weren't; the plant could have been built with elevated generators but they're ugly so it wasn't. The plant could have been sited somewhere else, but it wasn't.
It wasn't because humans are what they are and as long as they are then using nuclear power is irresponsible, because humans are irresponsible.
If you want us to get off fossil fuels there is really only ONE choice and that is nuclear,
none of the renewables are capable of even scaling up to what we are using now,
It doesn't make any sense to have all this shit on this mudball at all. We have sufficient space and robotics technology to begin to move heavy manufacturing into space where it won't bother anyone and refuse is easy to dispose of. But because the entrenched powers are profiting from raping the biosphere, nothing is changing. Again, because of human nature — there's a lot more of us than there are of them, but we're fighting amongst ourselves instead of uniting to kick out the pricks.