Desperate to cut carbon dioxide emissions, world leaders are suddenly looking at nuclear power as big part of the solution.
In Britain, anti-nuclear activists are horrified at the idea. They want Tony Blair to rule out more nuclear plants before the next election expected in May.
The United Kingdom gets 21 percent of its electricity from nuclear. The U.S. similarly gets 20 percent from nuclear. France is 70 percent nuclear. (That’s why it was easy for France to sign Kyoto.)
A second chance? Meanwhile, in Houston, experts last week urged a second chance for nuclear power.
We don’t have to rush into nuclear. But we should rush into the debate. If we want to phase-out coal-fired power plants, what will replace them? If we want hydrogen-power cars, what kind of energy will we have to use to produce the hydrogen?