Remember the 2002 decision to store spend nuclear fuel under Yucca Mountain, Nevada? It came after 20 years of scientific analysis, and was followed by further regulatory, and judicial examination?
Well, never mind. Long-time Yucca Mountain opponent Senator Harry Reid of Nevada says he's persuaded the President to end the project. So much for science. So much for the possibility of added nuclear plants moderating consumption of imported oil or contributing to lower-carbon power production.
And so much for economics, says Planet Gore's Drew Thornley:
After two decades of planning and billions invested in a suitable storage site, we're apparently set to abandon our plans. Let's pause to consider the costs of changing course: money we've already spent, money we'll have to spend, the potential economic consequences if waste-storage holdup prevents nuclear power from helping meet our energy needs in the future — but it seems like spending lots of money is in vogue these days.The science hasn't changed--only the politics.
(via The Corner)