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The Nukes

Adam Blinick, upset at John Edwards’ anti-nuclear stance, asserts that “nuclear power is the only environmentally friendly, economic, and efficient source of energy that can help the U.S. wean itself off foreign oil.” We’ll be weaned off the dastardly power, perhaps, with nuclear powered cars? I have no problem with the idea that putting a proper price on carbon might lead to good things for the nuclear power industry, but the issue in practice is that nuclear advocates are busy demanding large subsidies. It makes sense to some extent to subsidize clean sources of electricity, but we should target subsidies on really, truly clean sources of power — and nuclear’s not that.

The idea that dastardly anti-nuclear activists are the main thing standing between us and a halt to global warming is, I guess, a neat contrarian conceit but it really doesn’t stand up to much scrutiny.

Photo by Flickr user Tobin used under a Creative Commons license

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