Compounding the damage

There's an eerie similarity between the cancellation of 51 American nuclear reactor builds after the 1979 Three Mile Island meltdown and President Obama's cancellation of 30 ongoing deepwater drilling programs in the Gulf of Mexico.Those 51 additional nuclear reactors could have been producing low-cost, carbon-free power like the 104 US reactors that did go online. Those ongoing gulf drilling projects are by operators with a long record of safe drilling programs, seeking oil the US won't have to import.Shortly after the explosions and fire, Interior Sec. Ken Salazar ordered Minerals Management Service (MMS) personnel to inspect those deepwater drilling rigs and their blowout preventers. A...

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