Welcome to The Nuclear Reaction, the new blog by Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Safe Energy Program. The Safe Energy Program was established in 2008 to protect public health, taxpayers, and national security by preventing the construction of expensive, polluting, and dangerous new nuclear reactors.
Since the early 2000s, there has been a lot of hoopla about a “nuclear renaissance” in the United States. But reality on the ground has shown this to be hype: new reactors are too expensive and the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan has reminded the public about the serious safety problems.
Just three years ago there were over 30 proposed new reactors in the United States.
While there are lots of good public interest energy blogs, few are devoted exclusively to the topic of nuclear power. In this blog, we will discuss economic and public health issues related to nuclear power, with a particular focus on international, national and local policies – and politics – that impact decisions about whether to construct new reactors.
The primary bloggers will be Safe Energy Program Director Michele Boyd and Program Manager Morgan Pinnell. Michele has been working on nuclear weapons and power issues for over decade. Morgan has worked in progressive politics for over 5 years.
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