1. Build Gen IV nuclear reactor(s) [en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_IV_reactor]
2. Get paid to take the rest of the world's Gen III waste, which is burned in the Gen IV to create power
3. Use $$$ sales of power from step 2 to offset capital costs from step (1)
4. Remove the old inefficient hydro dams that are choking the salmon out of existence and genociding the first nations
We must at least consider, study the possibility. Bring new money into the economy. Develop a new generation of physicists and nuclear engineers. Dont bitch about the cost too much: Canada spent around $1B/month on Afghanistan for over 10 years. Make guns or butter. Build empire or civilization. Choose wisely.
Canada's natural nuclear advantage comes from geographical/political stability, wealth of isolated places, highly educated people, natural supply of high quality Uranium in the north and so on ...
Meanwhile we save the food supply, unless of course we want our descendants to live on insects and algae.
Fossils are evil but plastic is so damn useful, if we could just get people to recycle responsibly. Solar cells are made with nasty stuff like arsenic and take more power to burn sand than they will ever produce in their warranty period. Look at Taiwan/China air pollution. Want to live in that?
Wind turbines take a whack of metal/etc that had to get smelted. Probably takes more energy to create a turbine than it ever produces, and they kill alot of bird life. Then theres the creepy moving shadows and noise all the time. Wouldnt want to live near one.
Geothermal's great if you live in Iceland I guess.
Not saying Nuclear's perfect but jeez Gen IV looks awesome compared to the options. How are we going to scale up to support the 12B people we expect to be on the planet by the end of the century???