Nuclear Power Losing Favor After Earthquake
Following Accident At Worldâ€™s Largest Plant, Future For Nuclear As Green Energy Questioned
Nuclear power has long been on the outs with the environmental movement. The early days of the environmental and peace movements were linked, nuclear power was synonymous with atomic bombs, the prospect of dangerous accidents seemed near and present and there was that pesky waste problem â€” radioactivity lasts for thousands of years.
But the new green movement was more conflicted. After all, with global warming the most important environmental issue facing the world, nuclear power offers virtually carbon-free electricity (once the uranium is mined and processed, that is).
The accident at the worldâ€™s largest nuclear power plant, in Japan, following an earthquake there has renewed that debate. Can nuclear provide a safe form of energy, or are the risks too great â€” even as the world confronts the equally great risks of climate change?
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