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Natural gas, coal and nuclear energy needed

July 13, 2012
Gary Andersen, Lee Smith

A true "all of the above" U.S. energy policy needs to stress natural gas and coal, of which the United States has a massive supply. It also should include nuclear power.

While President Barack Obama and liberals in Congress have mounted an active war against the coal industry, the intentional neglect shown toward nuclear power has been harmful too.

Disposal of radioactive waste from power plants - as well as other sources such health care - is the major challenge facing the nuclear industry. At one time, when planning was proceeding for a national repository for nuclear waste, that problem did not seem insurmountable.

The repository was to be in Nevada, at a site called Yucca Mountain. Scientists and engineers believed a facility there could store radioactive waste safety for centuries.

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., set out to kill the Yucca Mountain plan. He was aided by Gregory Jaczko, who was head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

A new NRC head, Allison Macfarlane, has been confirmed by the Senate. Her first initiative should be to resume work on the Yucca Mountain plan.



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