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Nuclear power risk

From American Thinker, a serious-minded article on why nuclear power remains the safest form of large scale electric power.  If you compare the safety record of nuclear energy with any other form of commercial power production, nuclear power wins by a gigantic margin, even when the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters are factored in.  If Americans really mean it when they urge energy independence, nuclear power plants will be a big part of the solution.

Of course you want to locate power plants away from big population centers, but not for the reasons you think.  It’s not because American-designed plants are such a big threat to the populace.  It’s because licensing a plant requires developing a practical emergency plan, including plans for evacuations.  Facing facts, you just can’t evacuate Atlanta if a power plant goes bad.  By locating big power plants a reasonable distance away from metro areas, you make it possible to address public concerns about nuclear safety while putting serious quantities of generation on the grid.

I don’t know how it is in the rest of the country, but if you ask small towns across the South whether they’re willing to host a nuclear plant, the overwhelming majority of them would vote by overwhelming majorities yes.  Nuclear plants actually do what the Obama administration promises in words but obstructs in deeds: lots of high-paying, highly skilled, green jobs which produce more than they consume.  And these are long-term jobs where you can work a whole career, and your kids can too.  It’s a good deal, good for America and good for the safety of the public that is served by what nukes produce — clean, reliable, inexpensive, American made power.

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