Alexander Wants More Nuclear Plants

The United States “should construct about 100 more domestic nuclear power plants over the next 20 years, according to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.),” The Hill reports.

In an interview with Tennessee’s The Daily Times, Alexander hailed nuclear power as a safe and clean energy source, despite the meltdown last month at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant that was triggered by an earthquake and tsunami.

“Since the 1950s, there’s never been a fatality in connection with the Navy reactors,” Alexander said Tuesday in a reference to about 100 naval vessels run on nuclear power. He also said there had been no fatalities traced to radiation at any of the nation’s 100 power plants on the ground.

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One response to “Alexander Wants More Nuclear Plants

  1. There was a naval fatality at the SL-1 reactor event in Idaho in 1961, as described in my book Rad Decision. Everyone involved in the nuclear power debate on all sides would do well to read this novel and get some perspective on the genuine day-to-day nuclear world.

    Cue the canned description:

    My novel “Rad Decision” culminates in an event very similar to the Japanese tragedy. (Same reactor type, same initial problem – a station blackout with scram.) I’ve has worked in the US nuclear industry for 25 years. The book is an excellent source of perspective for the lay person — as I’ve been hearing from readers. The novel is free online at the moment at http://RadDecision.blogspot.com . (No adverts, nobody makes money off this site.) There is also a paperback available at online retailers. Reader reviews are in the homepage comments – there have been a lot, and they’ve been uniformly positive. One of the interesting things about modern nuclear power in the US is that few really understand how it works day to day — including most scientists and journalists (at least those discussing it in the media).

    Unfortunately, my media presence consists of this little-known book and website, so I’m not an acknowledged “expert”. I just do the nuclear stuff for a living. And I think I have explained it well in a non-yawn-producing manner. But I’m dependent on emails and word-of-mouth to point out this valuable resource.

    I believe there isn’t a perfect energy solution – just options – each with their good and bad points. And we’ll make better choices about our future if we first understand our energy present.

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