Saturday, March 22

Nuclear power, reconsidered

As Nuclear Waste Languishes, Expense to U.S. Rises (New York Times)

Due primarily to concerns about energy independence and global warming, there has been an increased debate in the United States about nuclear power and its role in our energy future. Although the many of the 2008 Presidential candidates have expressed support for increasing the usage of nuclear power, the ongoing problems with Yucca Mountain and other waste disposal issues make me hesitant to endorse such plans. It seems, quite simply, that the problems associated with nuclear power have never been fully resolved, with each generation of scientists and politicians trying to push the problems onto the next generation, hoping that they will be the ones to figure out comprehensive solutions.

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