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More Pro-Nuclear Talk Over at Daily Kos

For better than a year now, we've been periodically pointing to discussions about nuclear energy that have been taking place over at Daily Kos, generally acknowledged to be the Web's leading site for progressive/liberal political discussion. And time and time again, I've been pleasantly surprised at how readers over there are willing to give nuclear energy an even break, especially when it's talked about in terms of how it can help protect the environment and provide affordable electric power.

Click here for a look in our archives to see exactly what I'm talking about. Back in the first few weeks of publishing NEI Nuclear Notes, I wrote that nuclear energy isn't a left/right issue anymore, and a lot of the discussion over at Daily Kos has borne that out.

Over the Holidays, there was another instance of this over at Daily Kos, this time in the form of a diary entry by Nathan Nadir:
[T]he nuclear industry is the only energy industry that had its environmental impact considered before it was built. This was undoubtedly because the men who conceived of the industry were socially responsible, and not because they were demonic mad scientists obsessed and drunk with power and a desire for wealth.
That's just a taste, as Nadir goes on to produce a piece of writing that is thorough, rational and data-driven. Go read it right now.

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Starvid, Sweden said…
"Over the sixty year lifetime of the nuclear station, these costs again for one plant to more than 16 billion dollars in environmental and health destruction.."

Every nuclear power plant saves 16 billion dollars in health costs.

Quite a good tagline.

Why not put it into one of NEI's cheesy commercials? ;)

Show a darkened Blade Runner city full of asthamtic children covered in coal dust with skyes choked full of smoke and surrounded by dead forests (you can film the real deal in China, or use 50 yeard old journal films from Pittsburgh or London) and then contrast it with blue skyes, clean water, flowers, laughing children... and a nuclear power plant.

Great propaganda and the best thing is that it's completely true.

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