COMMENT: Nuclear Nonsense

November 1991
Progressive;Nov91, Vol. 55 Issue 11, p8
The article presents the author's observation on the nuclear power issue in the U.S. Almost everyone seems to have gotten the word about the disadvantages and dangers of nuclear power. In the mid-1970s, two out of three Americans favored building more nuclear power plants. By the time President Bush's pollster, Vincent Breglio, surveyed attitudes toward nuclear energy in the early part of 1991, two out of three Americans opposed building more nuclear power plants. In fact, none are being built. But, notes the Safe Energy Communication Council, despite huge losses, unresolved safety problems and the availability of safer and more cost-effective energy sources, the U.S. government and the nuclear utility industry are poised to repeat the same unnecessary buildup--at a cost of many more billions of dollars and further degradation of the environment. The Bush administration's National Energy Strategy, released in February 1991 at the height of the Persian Gulf War, is a pathetic but costly attempt to put the nuclear industry back on its feet. The public may have given up on nuclear power, but there is always somebody who does not get the word. Everyone who has assessed the risks of nuclear power knows that it is only a matter of time before the next calamitous accident occurs.


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