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NUCLEAR ENERGY: POWER PLAY

February 12, 2008

Despite what is often heard in the news, energy is not in short supply.  There are fossil fuels, and lots of them, right here in America.  Yet America is one of the few nations that chooses to leaves much of its own reserves untapped, say Jack Spencer, a research fellow in nuclear energy, and Nicolas Loris, a research assistant at the Heritage Foundation.

Then there's nuclear power:

  • It already provides the United States with 20 percent of its electricity, and has the added benefit of solving many of the problems cited to justify faulty conservation plans and centrally planned energy mandates.
  • It's abundant, environmentally friendly, free of carbon dioxide (CO2) and domestically produced.
  • In addition, it can be used and recycled again and again, making it essentially limitless.

If environmentalists are genuinely concerned about the threat of greenhouse gases or America's dependence on foreign energy, they should seek ways to expand nuclear energy.  A few simple policy changes would do it.

U.S. interests are best served by an energy mix that includes fossil fuels, nuclear power and renewable energies.  If it does turn out that CO2 is a problem -- a conclusion for which there is no consensus, despite what we're told -- then the role of nuclear energy will be even more critical.

Source: Jack Spencer and Nicolas Loris, "Nuclear energy: Power play," Washington Times, February 11, 2008.

 

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