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The pivotal problem with nuclear power plants — 30 years after the accident at Three Mile Island — hasn’t changed in three decades. Even though technical mishaps and human error are inevitable, some parties are encouraging steps that will — not may — one day produce a catastrophe.

Chernobyl wasn’t supposed to happen either. The push for nuclear power is understandable in view of the billions invested in it and the need for more energy. But the thirst for power shouldn’t be satisfied by an inherently lethal technology.

Clean power has been considered quixotic, inadequate, pie-in-the-sky. As long as the nuclear way is thought to be viable, massive persistent support for nontoxic sources of energy will wait in the wings, to our detriment.

michael driver

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