Nuclear energy has been tested and is actually the safest thing!
"But what about the nuclear waste!" shout the activists.
"It's a small problem," says Goldstein. "All the nuclear waste from all America's reactors for 60 years would fit into a Walmart."
While the anti-nuclear movement has stopped nuclear construction in most of the West, "other places are building them like crazy," says Goldstein. "China puts a nuclear reactor on the grid every two to three months."
America may soon finish... one. It took Georgia Power Company six years just to get permission to build a plant. Regulation is so heavy that, 15 years later, it still isn't operating.
Wasserman is proud he played a role in that. "If you want to accuse us of having raised the cost of building new nuclear plants by demanding more regulation, I plead guilty."
He claims countries can power themselves with rooftop solar panels and wind. Technology improvements did lower their prices, but what happens when the wind doesn't blow? Or the sun doesn't shine?
Store energy in batteries! replies Wasserman. "We are having a major technological and industrial revolution in battery capacity."
Goldstein scoffs in response, "The idea that a miracle battery is going to come along and save us is completely untested."
By contrast, nuclear energy has been tested. It could reduce greenhouse gasses, and provide reliable energy, if only we didn't fear it so much.
"The whole regulatory system is crazy," Goldstein concludes. "We're regulating this energy source as though it were the most dangerous thing out there, and it's actually the safest thing!"
John Stossel is author of "Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media." For other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com.Copyright 2021 Creators Syndicate, Inc.