The model we should be seeking is appropriate local generation with the grid for backup. The problem becomes the urban centers where Obama's mind lives.
Hydro kicks nuclear's ass in every regard.
This is why if a large reservoir dam breaks and floods the urban basin below the company is not responsible for the full cost of the damages. Otherwise no one would ever build a hydro plant or any other sort of power plant for that matter. We have a federal risk pool to ensure that the private sector remains involved in these projects and that a need is met. After Hurricane Katrina we didn't expect the constructor of the levees to be responsible for ALL the damage done to New Orleans, otherwise who the hell would build levees? This is the same thing.