It appears the debate finally has begun in earnest. Today President Bush proposed new legislation to encourage the construction of nuclear power plants.
The United States gets 21 percent of its electrical power from nuclear power (It’s 78 percent in France), and hasn’t started building a new nuclear plant since the 1970s. Fifty-five percent of America’s power is generated by coal-fired power plants, and the side effect is lots of carbon dioxide. Nuclear power has its own risks, but it produces little of the “greenhouse gases.”
Among the questions: Is nuclear power safe enough? Can it be made safer? Is the storage of spent nuclear fuel rods safe? Is global warming a threat to human life and civilization? Are there better options than nuclear power to reduce human contributions to global warming?
Let’s get some answers.