Wilson Quarterly: Nuclear Is Not the Way

Nuclear Is Not the Way

Nuclear Is Not the Way
by Brice Smith and Arjun Makhijani

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Decades after the promise of nuclear energy “too cheap to meter” was swamped in a sea of red ink and trampled by the Three Mile Island accident in 1979, the nuclear power industry is seeking to reinvent itself by claiming that it will help save the world from the perils of global warming. It has found an ally in the Bush administration, which has spurned the Kyoto Protocol as too costly even as it beats the drum for nuclear power at home and abroad. Last year, the administration persuaded Congress to pass an energy bill authorizing billions of dollars in potential subsidies for new nuclear power ­plants.

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