"We're going to have to solve the climate-change problem if we're going to have nuclear power, not the other way around. As the climate warms up, nuclear power plants are less able to deliver."
In the French 2003 killer heat wave, 17 reactors had to be cut back or turned off because of the rapid rise in river temperatures. In Germany and Spain, reactors were dialled back as temperatures rose. In the US, the group Public Citizen reported a shutdown last year at a plant in Michigan, and slowdowns at plants in Minnesota, Illinois and Pennsylvania, because of hot conditions.
So build them on the coasts and cool them with seawater or don't expect much out of them when you need them most- when it is hot outside. ::International Herald Tribune