Tuesday, July 19, 2005

From the NEI Clip File

Here are some of the news clips we're reading at NEI today. Steve Chu, director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and 1997 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, recently endorsed nuclear energy in his article on energy concerns.

Fusion research must continue, but commercially viable fusion is not a certainty. Fission energy has significant issues: long-term waste storage and the potential proliferation of nuclear weapons materials. Despite these issues, it needs a second look, especially if radioactive waste can be greatly reduced by recycling and burning down long-lived radioactive products into shorter-lived waste.
In a story in the Jackson Hole Star-Tribune (Wyo.) about the work being done at the Idaho National Laboratory, Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore is continuing to stump for nuclear energy:
"There's no getting away from the fact that 6 billion people wake up every morning with a need for food, material and energy," Moore said. "If we don't move forward on this, we're going to end up buying nuclear technology from the Chinese."
Come back tomorrow for more news from the NEI Clip File.

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