Yes of course, but the point is the government there apparently does not act to drive up the cost, relatively speaking.
What does this have to do keeping plant cost down?
That's curious. Do you have a source for that? I would think the case more likely is that the utility could get financing, but just not at a rate acceptable to them.
I agree, and I support a higher safety standard. However I'm far from convinced that standards and regulatory environments imposed by the US bureaucracy are all supportable on the basis of safety, versus bureaucratic inertia.
Again because of the legal system imposed by the US government in the last ~century or so.