Comment 51182

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted November 05, 2010 at 11:09:03

I am surprised at the assertion that nuclear does not save oil - meaning I assume, oil equivalent energy, ie. coal also. This link seems to suggest otherwise though to be sure, I haven't done the math. Can anyone comment on this important aspect?

It's kinda like the tar sands...and that's why I try to avoid using statements like that. It can, and in many cases does, use more energy (usually petrochemical) to mine, refine, enrich and use uranium (or bitumen) than it generates, but not always. For that reason, we face a "peak uranium" crisis much like oil, where we will have tons of it left, but not in concentrations that are worth digging up.

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