Tuesday, March 31, 2009

No to Yucca Mt. Means No to Nuclear Power

In all of President Obama's grand statements about creating solutions for America's energy issues, not once has he even mentioned nuclear power as an option for powering our growing urban centers. His decision to cut funding for the development of the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain is a sign that he has no intention of supporting the expansion of nuclear power.

Think about it. The government will not grant permits for the construction of more nuclear plants if it cannot find a place to store the waste we have already created and stockpiled all over the country.

Maybe Obama is just kicking the can down the road so that he doesn't have to deal with the highly politicized issue. But in the last 20 years, the federal government has spent $7 billion of taxpayer money to develop the facility. Whatever Obama's reasons for refuting all things nuclear, we deserve an answer as to how our government plans to account for all that wasted cash.

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