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Nuclear YIMBY

Local communities welcome new reactor projects.

Fortnightly Magazine - July 2010

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Looking at Nuclear Differently

There has for decades been a significant perception gap when it comes to nuclear energy: Though a majority of Americans favor the use of nuclear energy, many incorrectly believe most of their neighbors oppose it.

One can’t blame them. When the major news networks covered President Obama’s announcement of the financing support for the Vogtle reactors, ABC News led with a clip from the movie China Syndrome and a reminder of the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island. These events are more than three decades removed from both today’s safe nuclear power plant operations and significant public and bipartisan policymaker support for nuclear energy.

It’s time to look at nuclear energy differently—just as those who live closest to these facilities have been doing for years.