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The Nuclear Question

  • Posted by on February 17, 2010 in Business
  • This week, the Obama administration approved financial support for two new nuclear reactors in Georgia—the first plants built in the United States since the 1970s.

    Do nuclear power’s virtues (zero greenhouse emissions) outweigh its vices (cost and waste disposal)? That's the question posed to a group of academics and policy wonks on The New York Times' Room For Debate blog this week.

    Some highlights:

    • Ellen Vancko, Union of Concerned Scientists: "Building wind and solar projects and natural gas power plants would be cheaper, faster and safer."

    • Christopher Paine, Natural Resources Defense Council: "The well-known obstacles to nuclear power have not diminished with time or been addressed."

    • Samuel Thernstrom, American Enterprise Institute: "Nuclear power is not a silver-bullet solution to America’s energy challenges, but it is an essential part of the puzzle that has been largely neglected until now for political reasons."

    To read the article, click here.


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