I know one aspiring nuclear engineer who says the evidence in favor of nuclear energy is so overwhelming that one educated on the issue cannot help but support it. Countries like France get an enormous amount of their power from nuclear energy. In Wisconsin, the issue has been reawakened recently, as Republicans and others who oppose restrictions on fossil fuels advance nuclear power as a business-friendly solution to environmental problems. Environmental groups oppose nuclear energy nonetheless. Rep. Mike Huebsch:
Rep. Huebsch said that the groups’ decision to oppose an integral piece of the global warming legislation being readied for introduction by Governor Doyle and Democrat lawmakers jeopardizes their ability to enact the environmental policy for Wisconsin.
“If these members of the task force feel they must pull their support from certain sections of the final recommendations, I would suggest other members are free to do the same,” Rep. Huebsch said.
Spin from both camps. First, Huebsch reveals the Republican strategy of proposing nuclear power and then giving up on any energy reform as soon as liberals reject it. The more the Democrats reject nuclear power the easier it is for the GOP to cast energy reform as the package of a group of narrow environmental absolutists (if such a term exists).
The Sierra Club wants us to believe that nuclear power is economically unfeasible even though it has proven to be very productive in other countries.