Going nuclear

The United States has a long way to go to catch up with European nations in the use of nuclear energy. But President Barack Obama’s announcement this week that his administration will provide $8.3 billion in loan guarantees for two new nuclear reactors in Georgia is a welcome step in that direction.

The United States basically put that important source of electricity on the shelf more than 30 years ago, after the problems at the Three Mile Island reactor. Since then, technology for nuclear reactors has improved immensely, and so have safety measures.

Obama was right when he said, “If we fail to invest in the technologies of tomorrow, then we’re going to be importing those technologies instead of exporting them. We will fall behind. Jobs will be produced overseas instead of here in the United States.”

Nuclear power can provide an important source of clean energy with no carbon dioxide emissions. And western Colorado can play an important part in providing that energy.


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