Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Nuclear Debate

Due to being snowed out of my office (again) yesterday, I am a bit backlogged for time. Therefore, I am posting this very interesting article about the case for nuclear energy. It's written by journalist William Tucker and was published in this month's Imprimis newsletter from Hillsdale College.

Very thought provoking, and in an age where everyone is wringing their hands about global warming, poses some interesting questions. Which side will the 1960s radicals land on? The need to fight supposed global warming, or a source of energy that might solve the supposed issue?

Then again, some of them won't be happy until we're back wearing furs and living in caves. (Except PETA. No furs). Better yet, some of these enviro-nuts are so radical that they'd rejoice if there was a mass kill-off of humanity.


Anonymous said...

It's interesting watching the changes in policy around nuclear energy over the past 10-20 years. Working for an electric utility that runs a nuke plant, it's kind of a big deal to us. Due to the focus on climate change, greenhouse emissions, heavy metals emissions, sulphur dioxide and other acidic emissions from fossil fueled plants, the nuclear power industry has gone from a pariah ala "The China Syndrome" and "Silkwood" to being environmentally acceptable and economically profitable. 10 years ago nobody wanted anything to do with nukes, and regulatory policies seemed intent on destroying all nuclear power in the US. Today, well-run nukes are being bought up by savvy companies that want to make money, and the federal regulatory posture has changed drastically.

Yeah, the enviros are in a real paradox with this one, though. The nuclear waste/spent fuel disposal issues are touchy ones, that still have to be resolved. But the "carbon fear" crowd is driving the economic feasibility of coal and gas generation to the extremes. The one thing that's for sure is that demand for energy will continue to grow in the US, and even the tree-hugger liberals like to have their lights on and curling irons and big-screen TVs. Somethin's gotta give.

SolaMeanie said...

I wish the tree huggers would go over to China and Russia and yell at them for a while. Developing countries in Asia belch forth a lot more pollution than we do, yet they are exempt from any restrictions i.e. Kyoto etc.

I do wish they'd come up with a way to totally recycle or render safe the nuclear waste, but it sounds like they're able to at least manage it well enough.