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If we haven’t recovered by now, we never will. A special report.
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Yet the continued operation of Oyster Creek poses a danger to the nuclear industry. One incident and we will be right back in 1979 and another Three Mile Island. The Nuclear Renaissance will be strangled in its cradle.
Despite being the object of scorn for three decades, nuclear energy delivers enormous benefits to the American public. With only 9 percent of the nation’s generating capacity, it produces 20 percent of our electricity. Natural gas, on the other hand — the favorite of environmentalists — makes up 39 percent of our capacity but delivers only 20 percent of our electricity because the fuel is so expensive.
The nation’s disdain for the nuclear industry and lack of will in constructing new reactors has put us in a precarious position. Our entire energy future may be riding on the fate of a few 40-year-old reactors. Somebody had better pay attention to this before we have another nuclear accident and the enormous promise of nuclear energy in this country ends for good.
(Portions of this article are excerpted from William Tucker’s recent book, Terrestrial Energy.)
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?