The Case for Terrestrial (a.k.a. Nuclear) Energy

July 17, 2008

Imprimis

Another objection to nuclear power is the supposed waste it produces. But this is a mischaracterization. A spent fuel rod is 95 percent U-238.

William Tucker

The rest of the world is rapidly moving toward nuclear power. France, Russia and Japan are not only going ahead with their own nuclear programs, but selling their technology in the developing world. America, which once dominated this technology, is being left behind. The main culprit is public fear. Nuclear technology is regarded as an illegitimate child of the atomic bomb, a Faustian bargain, a blasphemous tinkering with nature. It is none of these. It is simply a natural outgrowth of our evolving understanding of the universe. The sun has been our prime source of energy throughout human history, but energy is also generated in the earth itself. It is time to avail ourselves of this clean, safe terrestrial energy.

“No people ought to feel greater obligations

to celebrate the goodness

of the Great Disposer of Events

and of the Destiny of Nations

than the people of the United States.”

— President James Madison, March 4, 1815

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