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Over the weekend, Oregon's only nuclear power plant tower (which inspired Matt Groening of "The Simpsons" and Mr. Burns' Springfield nuclear power plant on the show) was imploded, closed in 1993 for financial and safety reasons.

To some, this weekend's implosion was historic and celebrated, as Trojan has been a center of controversy in the debate over the safety/dangers of nuclear power. To others, the implosion brings back to the forefront the discussion/debate over, given the problems with greenhouse-gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, as well as the controversy in using petroleum fuel to produce electricity, how the United States will go about policy-wise in power production and find a way to pursue them. (Nuclear power plants conduct approximately 20% of U.S electricity)


One irony of this weekend's event is that while one nuclear power plant cornerstone was demolished, a calling for brand new nuclear power plants has emerged, with some energy contractors submitting proposals for new projects across the Southeast and the Midwest in particular.

Though the national discussion on energy policy has resurfaced and nuclear power is a hot topic, skepticism and opposition remain strong toward the idea. Many cite nuclear sites as locations that pique the interests of terrorist activity, as well as ongoing struggles to stop nuclear proliferation and the clean-up of exisiting sites.

Also, while Americans are split on accepting the use of existing nuclear energy as a way of generating electricity in the U.S, a strong majority of Americans oppose the building of new nuclear power plants.


Wha do you make of the national discussion on nuclear power?

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Well, Noah, I think that, between the outcry against nuclear power and Congress's brilliant decision not to allow off-shore drilling, the United States is doomed to failure. We will be spoken of one day as we speak of the glory that was Rome. It won't happen in my lifetime but you will need luck in yours....
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