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60 Minutes Looks at the Nuclear Energy Comeback

My boss, Scott Peterson passed along an interesting nugget of news: 60 Minutes will be airing a segment on nuclear energy this Sunday night:
VIVE LES NUKES”

With power demands rising and concerns over global warming increasing, the search is on for an efficient means of producing large amounts of carbon free energy is becoming ever more. One of the few available options is nuclear, a technology whose time seemed to have come and gone, but may now be coming again. For the first time in decades, new nuclear plants are being built, and not just in Iran and North Korea. With zero green house gas emissions, the U.S. government, public utilities and even some environmental groups are taking a second look at nuclear power – especially in France, where it has been a resounding success. 60 MINUTES’ report on the nuclear power option will air this Sunday, April 8, 7PM ET/PT on CBS.
Click here for a preview of Steve Kroft's piece.

Comments

gunter said…
France's "resounding" success is tempered by tens of thousand of French citizens who turned out in 5 major cities a few week's ago in protest of new reactor construction. I'll be surprised if 60 Minutes gives it the attention it deserves but only got a nanogram of ink in US press.

gunter, nirs
gunter said…
France's "resounding" success is tempered by tens of thousand of French citizens who turned out in 5 major cities a few week's ago in protest of new reactor construction. I'll be surprised if 60 Minutes gives it the attention it deserves but only got a nanogram of ink in US press.

gunter, nirs
Anonymous said…
Greetings!

Leftists and anarchists have always been good at turning out rent-a-thug marches for various causes. It is what they do. Productive, law-abiding citizens are more likely to be at work actually creating something, than in the streets tearing down what others have built. I'm not impressed by the sight of thousands of ignorant, screaming wackos in the streets spewing their vitriol. We've always had them, and always will. The important thing is that policymakers and leaders of governments understand the value of high reliability, zero-emissions energy sources like nuclear. It is energy self-reliance and economical electricity that builds a stable and prosperous economy, which in turn provides economic and social stability, even to the point of tolerating non-productive, useless citizens like those that turn out for these marches.

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