Argument: All carbon-free energy sources are needed, including nuclear

Issue Report: Nuclear energy


Christine Todd Whitman. “The case in favor of nuclear power.” Business Week. September 12, 2007: “we could buy energy-saving appliances or drive fuel-efficient cars. We can recycle cans, bottles, and newspapers. We can even plant carbon-absorbing trees. But, no matter how much we may wish they would, these acts by themselves won’t satisfy our energy demands. To do that, we need a diverse energy mix that takes a practical, rather than emotional, approach.

Enter nuclear energy. Nuclear alone won’t get us to where we need to be, but we won’t get there without it. Despite its controversial reputation, nuclear is efficient and reliable. It’s also clean, emitting no greenhouse gases or regulated air pollutants while generating electricity. And with nuclear power, we get the chance to preserve the Earth’s climate while at the same time meeting our future energy needs.”