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6.12.2008

Is Nuclear Power Green?

Over the past couple of years, the green elephant in the room that no one wanted to bring up is----nuclear power. Siting of a new Nuke plant in the US would create the ultimate "not in my backyard" explosion.

The last Village Square dinner of the season, entitled The Nuclear Power Debate, Version 2.0 will tackle this topic on Tuesday, July 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at St John's Episcopal, downtown.

An optional hour of conversation has been added to the talking head venue starting at 7:30 PM. Panelists will include Brian Armstrong, Bryan Desloge, Commissioner Allan Katz, and Kim Williams. Some of the points raised include the fact that nuclear power creates zero greenhouse gas, that it is statistically safer than coal and natural gas, and the long radioactive half-life of nuclear waste in not a measure of its danger. That thing about nuclear waste being radioactive for 100,000 years? Its risk really decreases substantially in a "tiny fraction of that time." Oh, but waste disposal is still the fundamental technological challenge--taxpayers don't want to subsidize them in order to make them affordable to site, build, and maintain, because building a Nuke plant is very, very expensive, we just don't know how expensive, and then there's that whole thing about other nations.


You can read and comment on the full draft to be discussed in July at the Village Square blog.


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