America Needs France’s Atomic Anne: I’m curious on your thoughts about the below quote from a New York Times article.
Nuclear power has proved safe in both France and America — not one radiation-related death has occurred in the history of U.S. commercial nuclear power. It constitutes a vital alternative to the greenhouse-gas spewing coal-power plants that account for over 50 percent of U.S. electricity generation. Thousands of people die annually breathing the noxious particles of coal-fire installations.
[…] “Nuclear power is the most efficient energy source we have,” said Gwyneth Cravens, author of “Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Power.” “Uranium is energy-dense. If you got all your electricity from nuclear for your lifetime, your share of the waste would fit in a soda can.”
I think I’m in favor of nuclear power, but I haven’t thought about it enough. The bottom line is that nuclear waste sucks, but so does fossil fuel waste, and there’s so much more of that. How many people die every year because of pollution?
People who rail against nuclear power sometimes act as if there’s a good alternative. Yes, wind power is very cool, but I don’t think we’re going to power the whole country with it. Since coal is obviously bad, what does that leave?
Could it be that nuclear power is the green choice?