Nuclear power has come into the news, proposed by Republican candidate John McCain as an alternative to the importation of oil.
The industry has suffered from a poor public image. There was of course the movie China Syndrome, which starred Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon in a tale of an escalating drama unfolding as the reactor core of a nuclear power plant overheats.
Then there was the Karen Silkwood story. Silkwood died in a one-car accident after suffering plutonium contamination. See a Los Alamos National Lab (government-sponsored) report posted at PBS’ “Nuclear Reaction; Why Do Americans Fear Nuclear Power,” available here.