Frank Warner notes that China is preparing to build up nuclear power production and that in many ways the environment would benefit from additional nuclear power and decreased reliance of fossil-fueled power plants.
I’ve never understood why we don’t have significantly more (like, say, ten times as much) nuclear power production in the US. I mean, I know why. But why have those arguments carried the day?
The biggest downside, of course, is the potential for errors that include mushroom clouds. While I’m all for de-regulating the electricity MARKET, I’m not so gung-ho about de-regulating safety at power plants. And this goes double (triple?) at nuclear power plants.
France gets about 78 percent of its electricity from nuclear plants. France also has been keen on demanding all other industrialized nations cut back on burning fossil fuels. Here’s why, I guess. While every other free nation was freezing nuclear power levels, the French were busy replacing coal and oil with the atom.
This is another thing about our lack of nuclear power production that’s always mystified me. So many liberal-types are constantly trying to make the US into Europe but they don’t want anything to do with nuclear power.