I've recently been reacquainting myself with some of the writings of Sci-Fi author, James P. Hogan, who is an outspoken advocate of Nuclear Energy. Hogan, in his essay "Know Nukes" has made some very compelling arguments in support of building more plants, while convincingly dispelling the fear mongering negative claims by the opposition.
And a great link provided by Raymond Duray that sums up many of the same points Hogan discusses:
In fact, Hogan goes so far as to accuse the anti-nuke leadership of actually having "Mathusianist" intentions, seeking to deprive developing nations of the unlimited and relatively inexpensive energy resources so necessary to forming the foundation of a industialize society.
It is his very logical contention that Nuclear Energy has far less actual, or potential, environmental impact on nature or society than does the use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, or natural gas.
So the purpose of this thread is to argue the case for, and against, the expanded use of Nuclear Energy as a means for powering our society. I think it is especially important given the current persistent power shortages being experienced in California as a direct result of the NIMBY mindset created by the environmentalist left.
This is a moderated thread, so I retain the ultimate discretion as to who is able to participate. My ground rules are pretty simple. If you are going to make a claim, be willing to back it up with logic or outright supported fact.
My goal is that we can ultimately provide a resource for educating folks about what it takes to power a modern day society, as well as the constant cost/benefit analysis involved in making public policy decision about energy.
Here are some selected links that I find useful with regard to educating ourselves about nuclear power. I will update them from time to time so check in for changes:
nei.org (% of power generated by nukes)