In a May 20 editorial in Investor's Business Daily, the editors describe the dillema many environmentalists now find themselves in (subscribers only content):
The central hypocrisy of environmentalists has long been that their anti-nuclear hysteria has driven the U.S. to increase the use of fossil fuels that pollute the air and contribute to global warming. It takes four tons of coal to provide the power needs of one inhabitant on Chicago's Lakeshore Drive for one year. A few ounces of uranium would fill that same need.
If we had simply built all the nuclear power plants that were in the pipeline at the time of the over-hyped Three Mile Island incident, we'd have reduced our current coal consumption by more than enough to satisfy the demands of Kyoto.
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