Very, very low bar to compare to for the next nuclear reactor to be built in U.S.A. – where is the Elon Musk of nuclear energy ?
The article is rather information deficient. What has made the cost rise so much and the construction period lengthen? The answer in one word is probably – Regulation.
There can be no such person. Nuclear energy is, ab initio, against the leftist religion. Musk’s EV and solar operations were firmly within the leftist religion.
There is a reasonably good summary of the sorry tale on the Wikipedia page, “Vogtle Electric Generating Plant”. It’s a combination of regulation, environmentalist lawsuits, engineering bungling, bankruptcy of the prime contractor, Westinghouse, due to all of the above, and the general incompetence and sclerosis of U.S. business and government regulators in accomplishing anything involving atoms.
The conclusion in the next paragraph of the article linked in the original post is beyond idiotic.
This means that further nuclear power developments need to proceed as a government-financed or owned enterprises, as they are in most other countries.
Yeah, that’ll fix it. What’s needed is clearly an unaccountable monopoly with its hands in taxpayers’ pockets, run by the same diversity hires that regulated the private U.S. nuclear industry into bankruptcy, providing the same kind of agile, customer oriented service exemplified by the U.S. Post Office, Obamacare, and the F-35 procurement.
To illustrate the sclerosis that causes these fantastic schedule slips and cost overruns, here is a list which I prepared for another site, of projects completed in the U.S. before the system completely locked up, with durations in decimal years.
- Empire State Building 1.12 years
- Pentagon 1.34 years
- Manhattan Project 2.92 years
- Pearl Harbor to V-J Day 3.68 years
- B-52 bomber 4.0 years
- Golden Gate Bridge 4.28 years
- Hoover Dam 4.72 years
By comparison, development of the F-35 fighter took from 1993 (launch of the Joint Advanced Strike Technology program) until July 2015 (22 years) when it was first introduced by the U.S. Marine Corps, and February 2019 (26 years) by the U.S. Navy.
Tesla Gigafactory Texas, in Austin, took less than two years.
It doesn’t take an Einstein to see (and he didn’t say this, though he is often credited with it) that: “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. For a society ever-admonished to “follow the science”, I note that empiricism is a scientific discipline. I do not understand why this (failing) society is immune to it when it comes to state projects/performance/malfeasance. Perhaps it is simply the fact that elites are no longer accountable to the citizens - the last repository of empirical common sense. Elites have taken on the fervent task of extinguishing such common sense.
And there it is. Not complicated, not stupid, not illogical, not impossible - just government, the ultimate purveyor of bad performance.