This week, the Obama administration approved financial support for two new nuclear reactors in Georgiaâ€”the first plants built in the United States since the 1970s.
Do nuclear powerâ€™s virtues (zero greenhouse emissions) outweigh its vices (cost and waste disposal)? That's the question posed to a group of academics and policy wonks on The New York Times' Room For Debate blog this week.
- Ellen Vancko, Union of Concerned Scientists: "Building wind and solar projects and natural gas power plants would be cheaper, faster and safer."
- Christopher Paine, Natural Resources Defense Council: "The well-known obstacles to nuclear power have not diminished with time or been addressed."
- Samuel Thernstrom, American Enterprise Institute: "Nuclear power is not a silver-bullet solution to Americaâ€™s energy challenges, but it is an essential part of the puzzle that has been largely neglected until now for political reasons."
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