National Debate Over Nuclear Power
New Role of Nuclear Power in U.S. Energy Crisis
A great debate over the safety of nuclear power is under way in the United States today. Almost every American has a stake in the outcome of that debate.1 The nation has reached an important crossroads in planning its energy supply for the next quarter-century. In a time of dwindling supplies and rising costs of traditional fossil fuels, nuclear power is regarded in some quarters as the only practical solution of the national energy crisis. On the other hand, critics of nuclear power contend that the country should undertake a strict program of energy conservation coupled with an accelerated effort to develop new energy sources.
Nuclear advocates would proceed rapidly with widespread construction ...