Energy Efficiency is where it's at - not nuclear - replacing 150 million refrigerators to comply with 2001 efficiency standards 'generates' the same amount of electric power as 60 nuclear power plants.
The true cost of nuclear power includes the environmental and public health damage and water consumption from uranium mining.
Reliance on future, expensive, toxic, and deadly nuclear is misplaced. Nuclear is not clean - it uses up uranium for fuel and uranium mining is itself a deadly process that poisons the water with radioactive contaminants and Arsenic and gives people cancer.
Energy Efficiency, solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, biofuel and reducing coal, shutting down old, dangerous nuclear power plants, dealing with all their decommissioning and waste, and eventually reducing natural gas – these are the keys to a sustainable energy policy."
The environmental and public health impacts from uranium mining are staggering and speculation driven uranium miners have staked claims throughout the West.
A recently discovered cluster of pancreatic cancer near a uranium mine in Nebraska and a new Johns Hopkins Study linking diabetes with inorganic arsenic in the water (a by-product of uranium mining) highlight the health risks to people who live or work near the mine.
Further, in the West, where uranium mines are prevalent, spills and leaks have contaminated rivers and drinking water. Moreover, underground faults and fractures, as well as artesian pressures and impacts from irrigation wells, can connect the mined aquifer which is full of toxics like Uranium, Radium, Thorium, and Arsenic, with aquifers used for drinking water. Our environment and public safety are too important to sacrifice for uranium mining.
Given the environmental realities and shortages of potable water, the so-called “nuclear renaissance” must be given a hard look and seen for the PR fiction it represents.
Anyone who advocates for so-called “clean” nuclear power, must take responsibility for the harms caused by uranium mining which is the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle.
Since no uranium mine has ever managed to restore the water supplies to pre-mining levels of contaminants and heavy metals, it is reckless to call nuclear power 'safe.'