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Published: Sunday, Nov. 3 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Environmentalists tend to quote scientists unless those same scientists contradict the non-scientific dogma of No Nukes. The consequences of global warming out weigh the risks connected with nuclear power. It is similar to the risk reward ration of immunizations. There are risks associated with immunization, but the benefits are heavily weighted in favor of those who immunize. The costs of nuclear power could be reduced significantly if obstructionist legal challenges by environmentalists were eliminated.

tranquility base, 00

And conservatives have some Pavlovian love of nuclear power that causes them to suddenly listen to scientists that they usually have no respect for.

sherlock holmes
Eastern, UT

As if the scientists will have any better luck dealing with the parochial lawyers that are found in environmental groups.

If the scientists want to be heard (and understood) by these groups, one of the proven ways is to give them a sizeable grant of $$ for a cool study.

That said, nuclear power can play a big part in the energy future of Utah and the US. It has much to offer. And technology has continued to improve for plant design and disposal of the rods. Look what the French have done.

Mcallen, TX

For decades, we've been told of rising oceans, and coastal flooding.

Not happening!

How many times do these politicians think, we the people are going to be fooled?

Find another excuse to raise our taxes!


"And conservatives have some Pavlovian love of nuclear power that causes them to suddenly listen to scientists that they usually have no respect for."

Actually, it's a love of things that make sense. This is an interesting development because it indicates something about the motives of the four. Many environmentalists appear to simply want modern technology and lifestyles to go away; that is, they complain about everything but never provide alternatives or do a cost-benefit analysis. It's heartening to hear that these four really do want civilization to continue.

It's disheartening, however, to hear "nuclear power is too expensive" from the Luddites. Nuclear power is currently a good idea. If the cost of litigation and excessive regulation were to be removed, nuclear power becomes a great idea. Seriously, more people have been killed by ladders and buckets than nuclear power plants, and that's not counting premature deaths averted because nuclear power plants don't produce air pollution.

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