Friday, August 19, 2005
Why not nuclear power?
Some of us are old enough to remember the 3 Mile Island incident from the spring of '79. It was not Chiebnobyl in the old USSR but it did frighten a few people.
Is nuclear power making a comeback? I hope so. I would love to see 75-100 nuclear plants supplying much of our residential energy needs. It would be a huge step forward on the road to economic independence.
RasmussenReports.com has an interesting poll on nuclear plants:
"The latest Rasmussen Reports survey finds that Americans support the nuclear power option by a more than 2-to-1 margin (55% to 24%).
In June, before the latest surge in oil prices, the country was more evenly divided on that question--44% in favor and 35% opposed. Much of the growth in support for nuclear power plants can be found among women and Democrats. However, men and Republicans remain even more supportive.
Eighty-seven percent (87%) of Americans believe it is somewhat or very important for the U.S. to reduce its reliance on imported oil. That's essentially unchanged from the earlier survey.
Also unchanged is the belief that energy conservation is not a lasting solution. Sixty-four percent (64%) say that, in the long run, developing new sources of energy is more important than conserving energy. Just 26% take the opposite view.
Sixty-four percent (64%) of men and 46% of women say it is "time for the United States to begin building power plants again." Twenty-two percent of men and 25% of women take the opposite view. Earlier in the summer, a plurality of women were opposed to building new nuclear power plants."
Nuclear power is a serious alternative to fossil fuel. We need to invest more in nuclear plants.
Posted by Silvio Canto, Jr. Post Link ---> 6:43 AM
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