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Is Nuclear Power Making a Comeback?
President George W. Bush’s energy plan is reviving nuclear power, an
industry long out of public favor. Once again, the atom is being hailed as
a cheap and clean source of energy. Recent polls show that 50 percent of Americans now support the construction of new nuclear power plants, a figure that includes 59 percent of energy-strapped Californians. But critics remain skeptical. Some 40,000 tons of nuclear waste await final disposal, while plans for a permanent repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, remain bogged down in a political ground war. Is the nuclear industry poised to make a comeback? Or is the issue still too hot to handle?
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president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, and coauthor of The Nuclear Power Deception: U.S. Nuclear
Mythology from Electricity "Too Cheap to Meter" to "Inherently Safe"
nuclear engineer and senior consultant with Energy Resources International, and author of numerous research papers on nuclear power
Originally Aired: 5/31/2001
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