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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Power to the People

With a tip of the cap to RealClearPolitics, Wired magazine has an excellent, thorough article making the case for nuclear power in the United States. This is an issue that I have felt strongly about for some time. Due to irrational fears about safety, the US hasn't built any nuclear power plants since the 1970s. In fact, we are well behind the rest of the modern industrialized world when it comes to the use of nuclear power. Unfortunately, the spectre of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island continues to loom over the minds of the American public and prevent Congress from making real progress when it comes to national energy policy. The reality is that nuclear power is cleaner, safer and more cost-efficient than coal power. While other energy alternatives exist, none can compare to the effectiveness of nuclear power. This article does a great job dispelling myths, analyzing the benefits, and adressing the concerns that come with the debate over nuclear power. I have often hoped that the US would begin to look seriously at nuclear alternatives to its energy problems. Now it looks as though the policymakers' eyes are finally being opened to the possibilities.


Anonymous Tom G said...

Getting our energy policy on track would have so many benefits...cleaner air is one, but the best would be reducing our dependence on foreign oil which would give the Middle East one less reason to dislike us.

4:21 PM

Blogger Will Vehrs said...

Right here in VA, the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors oppose the addition of another reactor to the North Anna Nuclear plant.

Additional power needs for one of Virginia's fastest growing areas need to come from someone else's backyard, apparently.

8:37 AM


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