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Nuclear power is dangerous Print

by Teresa Foster (Letter to the Editor)
The Boulder Daily Camera
January 4, 2008

I really must question Don Lloyd's statement: "If it just weren't for that troublesome nuclear fear so prevalent, the solution would be easy, given another 20 or 30 years of power plant construction."

The facts: If it weren't for that troublesome radiation that is released by uranium during its mining, processing, transport, energy generation and waste production, the solution would be easy. Why tempt fate with the most deadly material mankind has ever known? Let's ask those who've been poisoned by radiation to give their side of the story. It's not a pretty picture.

Let's instead look at concentrating solar power. It is a centralized form of energy generation that uses various combinations of "sunlight and mirrors" to produce steam that turns a turbine, and then runs a generator. These plants can store the heat and produce electricity even when the sun isn't shining (see, and Ausra was one of the companies featured in the Nov. 19 issue of Newsweek, in an article titled "It's All About Energy, Stupid!" ( Ausra is building the largest solar thermal installation in the world, in California's Central Valley.

Our governor thankfully has not chosen nuclear power to be included in Colorado's Climate Action Plan. That's a big relief. But coming soon to Fort Collins -- a uranium mine is in the works nearby (

Teresa Foster lives in Boulder

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