Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Should You Support Nuclear Power?

With President-Elect Obama's new team coming on board, there has been some talk about nuclear power being revived. I believe one of the best and easiest-to-read position papers on how you should view nuclear power is by the Natural Resources Defense Council -- found here.

Essentially, the NRDC's position is --

Until building nuclear power plants becomes economically viable without government subsidies, and the nuclear industry demonstrates it can further reduce the continuing security and environmental risks of nuclear power -- including the misuse of nuclear materials for weapons and radioactive contamination from nuclear waste -- expanding nuclear power is not a sound strategy for diversifying America's energy portfolio and reducing global warming pollution.

The report goes onto to prove that other renewable energies are more cost effective and do not carry with them the problems of security, waste, and other health and environmental risks.

(UPDATE: Environmental Defense also has a useful Q&A for you to read.)

Voice your opinion to your state and federal officials about your support of non-nuclear, non-coal, renewable energy -- including geothermal, solar, wind, and other developing alternatives. Go to http://www.congress.org/

1 comment:

Red Craig said...

The NRDC paper fails to mention that even in the US thousands of people die every month from the pollution generated by fossil-fired power plants. It also fails to mention that the only energy sources it favors don't work most of the time, which would force the world to continue burning fossil fuels if nuclear energy isn't expanded in a major way.

What the paper does is recycle false anti-nuclear propaganda aimed at justifying the atrocities to which it has contributed.

If you want to know the truth about nuclear energy, take a look at The Case for Nuclear Energy.