For over 25 years, the US has allowed Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas and Jack Lemmon to dictate our nuclear energy policy, the trio of stars in The China Syndrome. There were supposed to be 1000 US nuclear plants supplying power by now, only 100 exist. So successful were the “No Nukes” crowd in the 1980s, using The China Syndrome and the Three Mile Island incident to curtail and effectively eliminate any new plant construction. Now the US lags behind the modernized world in nuclear energy. (I have always found it facinating that liberals suggest we emulate the French in matters of love and war, but not their energy policies.) Olivia Albrecht states what should be painfully obvious to every US citizen: The U.S. Should Lead the Way in Nuclear Energy.
It is time for the U.S. to reassess nuclear energy as a tool in the sensible need to diversify our energy portfolio and to meet escalating energy demands in developing countries without putting additional strain on global energy resources. We must do so in a manner that promotes global energy security and upholds established non-proliferation policy principles. New technology, new policies and new global consortia can all contribute to the revival of nuclear energy as a viable, safe and secure energy source.
Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace and former adversary of nuclear energy now turned vocal proponent of the ‘nuclear option,’ explained in a recent op-ed that while other energy options exist, it’s all too clear that nuclear energy remains the only feasible option for the future.
Wind and solar power are intermittent, unpredictable and inherently uneconomical, thus limiting their capacity to replace mega power sources such as coal, nuclear or hydroelectric. Even natural gas – a fossil fuel – is consistently too expensive and its price often too volatile to risk justifying large investments. It is an unfortunate fact that hydroelectric resources are built up to capacity at this point.
Therefore, the next logical step is a reevaluation of nuclear energy — a fuel based system of uranium, which is both abundant and inexpensive.