Why do we keep overlooking the thermal solar stuff? 1. It is still too damn expensive at 25 c per kwh. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_electricity_by_source 2. It does not operate at night. Chernobyl releasing more radioactivity than all the coal power for 100 years? Please supply a reference to this. Please ensure that your reference comes from a reputable source, and not some half baked lobby group. Scientific American states clearly that coal ash contains way more radioactivity than the effluvium from coal fired power stations. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-waste And I quote : "estimated radiation doses ingested by people living near the coal plants were equal to or higher than doses for people living around the nuclear facilities. At one extreme, the scientists estimated fly ash radiation in individuals' bones at around 18 millirems (thousandths of a rem, a unit for measuring doses of ionizing radiation) a year. Doses for the two nuclear plants, by contrast, ranged from between three and six millirems for the same period. And when all food was grown in the area, radiation doses were 50 to 200 percent higher around the coal plants" Nuclear power too expensive? Not so, as the data indicates, at 12 c per kwh. It is in the same cost realm as coal, hydroelectricity and gas, and half the cost of thermal solar.