Nuclear energy is a bad idea for at least three reasons:
1.) Nature: Planet Earth is demonstrably unstable. Earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and more can damage nuclear reactors, releasing their deadly brew and spreading agonizingly slow, horrible death over a wide area. (At least one nuclear reactor in CA was built near the San Andreas Fault; Hanford in Washington State is on the Columbia River. Brilliant placement strategies, eh wot?).
2.) Human or equipment error: Remember Chernobyl?
3.) Acts of Terrorism: How would we like thinking about the possibility of terrorists flying planes into a series of nuclear reactors strewn across America?
A fourth reason is that if we can build them, how can we convince Iran, Korea and China that they shouldn't also build them? Because we're "the good guys" and they are part of the so-called "axis of evil"? Pshaw! That reason won't fly anywhere in the world -- not even here!
Nuclear power was a bad idea before the terrorism issue visited our shores. It's an even worse idea now! For a man ostensibly very concerned about national security, I find McCain's advocacy of nuclear power beyond puzzling!
And drilling off the coasts and in the Alaska Wildlife Reserve is unacceptable, too.
What are the Republicans thinking? Or are they thinking at all -- beyond who can line their pockets?
We need alternative energy sources, yes, but the ones we go after must be environmentally sound: wind, water, solar, geothermal. All four of these are limitless. The energy companies need to get on the bandwagon and stop trying to wring the last barrel of oil out of the ground before they turn to methodologies that will provide power and protect the planet from pollution at the same time.
It's time to start acting on this, without ceasing, until it's a done deal. Nothing else will sustain us for much longer. I want to be sure my sister's grandchildren are protected before we're shoveled off this mortal coil.
Let's get busy!