Even Senator Kennedy of Mass was on the radio a few days ago saying how we needed to take a new look at expanding the USA's nuclear power framework.
Wow – when Kennedy starts talking nuclear power I think it should be the long needed wakeup call for the "head in the sand" crowd that continues to insist the dangers outweigh the benefits.
They don't. It's not even close. Europe's electricity is mostly from nuclear plants, and they – tightly packed into small areas – have a LOT more to worry about in terms of a meltdown than we well-dispersed Americans.
Of course there is risk as there is with all power technologies, but it's been exaggerated by irrationality and "fear of the unknown". China's consumption is rising and exploding. This demand is unlikely to be met with even the most innovative alternative energy programs.
Ironically I think some of the same folks who are lobbying for greenhouse gas reductions are lobbying against more nuclear power. They are letting politics and (largely faulty) ideas about the economy of capitalism prejudice good science and analysis of risk and reward.