Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sen. Lindsey Graham on Nuclear Energy

"I have a lot of faith in the nuclear industry, and I feel safe living five miles away from a nuclear power plant," [Sen. Lindsey] Graham [R-S.C.] said of the Oconee Nuclear Station run by Duke Energy Corp.

Graham said it would be ill-advised to stop building nuclear power plants, noting that 20 percent of U.S. power comes from nuclear sources.

Sen. Graham’s comments (and there’s more – click the link for that) are well appreciated and also rather remarkable. I’ve seen a number of politicians voice support for nuclear energy when it would be just as easy – easier, really – to abandon it in light of Japan.

The recognition that events at Fukushima Daiichi were truly extraordinary and that the American industry is quickly, effectively and honestly responding to it and dealing with the domestic implications seems quite widespread.

Still, this was a nice report to run into. Does the heart good.

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