I got a lot of arguments against nuclear power. Apparently, doing it with Thorium rather than Uranium would be much cheaper, easier, safer, and with residues that are a lot easier to handle, but governments focused on uranium because they were interested in making nukes. I'm sure Iran would be in a lot less trouble if their nuclear plants were thorium-based.
Additionally, there's a lot of political effort to publicize nuclear energy: the amount of energy supplied to the country is overestimated through Lies Damn Lies And Statistics
, they're given subsidies for the sake of keeping them up.
And, of course, a lot of effort is expended to keep the
Now, opponents of nukes can get irrational, but choosing those types as the image of the opposition is a bit like straw-manning.
The USA have some truly amazing amounts of space, sun, and wind. And, honestly, if they started homegrowing their energy, I couldn't be happier. Both because the world would be better off, and because they wouldn't have reason to spend so much effort in the Middle East.
One of the reasons Europe is so keen to move to renewables is dependency on Russian gas. The Russian government, though the "privatized" Russian oligopolies, is trying to buy Europe's energy plants from under it. Leverage is being gained, and people are
"You should always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't come to yours." Yogi Berra.