By W. Reed Johnson
For years. advocates, myself among them, have promoted the use of nuclear power to provide reliable, clean, non-CO2 emitting electricity for economic growth and the needs of the billions of people in the world who are still without it.
Today, nuclear power plants are being built around the world. Many of the planned new plants are in China, Russia and India. New plants are also being built in Argentina, Brazil, Pakistan, the Czech and Slovak Republics and Ukraine. And more than 150 reactors are planned in such countries as the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Turkey, Malaysia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Poland. But with the apparent widespread adoption of the nuclear enterprise, there come sobering thoughts.
Johnson is a professor emeritus of nuclear engineering at the University of Virginia.