Strauss, the chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Agency, claimed that nuclear power would become "too cheap to meter
," the nuclear industry everywhere still subsists on munificent government subsidies.
There are many examples of this, including overly optimistic projections about space travel, claims that nuclear power would result in energy that was too cheap to meter
, and more recent assurances that some future miracle technology will make fossil fuels obsolete overnight.
Falling prices of bandwidth, semiconductors, and storage space have made bits (digital information units) too cheap to meter
. This has led to the rise of what Anderson calls "freeconomics."
Leaving out certain information helps support illegitimate claims that nuclear power is not only necessary, but that it's "too cheap to meter
Leaving aside safety issues, the biggest challenge facing the nuclear industry is that nuclear energy--once touted as promising electricity "too cheap to meter
"--is too expensive to be competitive with other electricity sources.
I remember a time when we were told that atomic energy would solve all our power problems and would be too cheap to meter
In 1954, the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission famously predicted in a speech to science writers, "Our children will enjoy in their homes electrical energy too cheap to meter
." Though to this day there remains speculation about whether he was referring to nuclear fission or perhaps to something farther off in the future, such as fusion power, the "too-cheap-to-meter" promise has been attached to commercial nuclear power generation ever since.
It's not unlike nuclear power, and the shimmering mirage of electricity "too cheap to meter
." Human error can't be engineered away--nor can nuclear waste.
However, he apparently missed my point about the 18th (not 21st) century nature of vote by mail "technology." The rush to embrace DREs is not dissimilar to the "too cheap to meter
" rush to build nuclear power plants.
NUCLEAR energy, claimed one of its pioneers Walter Marshall, would provide electricity that was too cheap to meter
Mr Meacher said: "The nuclear industry was supposed to produce electricity which it claimed would be too cheap to meter
ONE OF THE MOST NOTORIOUS examples of misplaced energy optimism must be the statement: "Nuclear power will provide electricity that's too cheap to meter
If power reactors are virtually immortal, we have in principle achieved nuclear electricity "too cheap to meter
." But there is a major catch.