Is Nuclear Power the Best We Can Do?

Posted by Trish Riley, January 14, 2009

Published: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Levy County, Florida is pushing forward with its plan to build a new nuclear power plant in Crystal River. Area officials are supportive, and the good news is that the nuclear power plant is expected to replace the local coal-fired plant. But there are downsides. Local residents will pay millions for the construction of the plant through increased utility bills. In addition, nuclear energy pales in comparison to renewable solar and wind energies, both of which are faster, cleaner, and cheaper to install. We don’t have  a responsible solution for disposal of radioactive waste from nuclear plants and some scientists are concerned about radioactive emissions around nuclear plants. Many clusters of cancers, particularly in children, exist near nuclear plants worldwide.  Power companies like nuclear power plants because they represent huge investments that support the plants and the company’s growth. But citizens should carefully consider the potential impacts of nuclear power compared to investments in clean, renewable solar and wind energies, which also will create jobs for local laborers.
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