Letters to the Editor

Nuclear is top option

Nuclear opponents claim renewables can check global warming threatening California.

But, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, solar after 30 years of government subsidy provides only 0.4 percent of U.S. energy, and wind provides 4.4 percent.

Renewables such as hydro, geothermal and others cannot be scaled up due to constraints like drought.

Nuclear power is our best option because it can be increased as fast as we provide resources.

Forbes showed (“How Deadly is Your Kilowatt,” June 10, 2012) nuclear power is actually the safest of all forms of energy generation, even when you include accidents at Fukushima and Chernobyl.

Stored waste, never harming anyone in 60 years, will provide free fuel for new-generation reactors. Meanwhile, explorations are again under way to open the Yucca Mountain storage facility.

Serious people who understand the threat posed by global warming need to speak up now. Let your representatives know you want non-CO2 emitting nuclear power (which can desalinate seawater as a byproduct) to replace fossil fuel energy.

The U.S. Navy concluded that protests lacked merit 60 years ago and achieved resounding success using nuclear power.

It is high time we do the same.