Amongst the Reddit AMA questions, I appreciated the direct way Peterson put this classic opposition complaint into proper context:
Q: I don’t think we should build any reactors until we have a repository for the waste ready to go…
A: I understand this position (don’t make waste until you have the ability to dispose of it properly).
But the major problem we face is that we are using our atmosphere as our primary waste repository for the products of fossil fuel combustion. We have a strong scientific and technical consensus that deep geologic disposal can provide acceptable long-term isolation of nuclear wastes, and we have two countries now that have successfully developed and are building repositories for commercial spent fuel (France and Sweden).
We also have no plausible approaches to remove CO2 waste from the atmosphere once it is put there, except for some scary geoengineering ideas (such as fertilizing the oceans). Future generations are likely to be much more angry about the CO2 we’re generating now, than the nuclear waste.