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January 6, 2010

Nuclear Power is Our Only Future

There is an undeniable truth that few want to address: increasing solar and wind production cannot halt global climate change. The technologies that harness the power of the sun are effective only at increasing supply during peak power usage. They, however, are not a replacement for coal, and that is what we need. The entire domestic coal industry needs to be replaced with an alternative that has a dramatically reduced impact on our planet. This feat can only be accomplished if we increase our use of nuclear power.

There is a slight problem associated with increasing the number of facilities that produce nuclear. By doing so, we will exasperate the issues associated with the storage of nuclear waste. [Currently much of the waste generated sets on site because sufficient permanent storage sites do not exist.] This brings me to my second point. We will never have a Yucca Mountain. There is no hole in which we will be able to store the waste that we currently generate, is stored temporarily, or we hope to generate in the future. This is why our attention must be focused on developing the political will for a breeder reactor program in the United States. These breeders basically do a better job of extracting usable fuel from spent rods. Read more here.

Breeder reactors must be built so that we can move beyond the NIMBY arguments regarding the transportation of nuclear waste transportation and storage. Contact the Department of Energy and lend your support. Tell your representatives in congress and the senate that you support a cleaner, coal-free future.

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