This does not augur well for Dr.Chu's energy policy here.
No new nuclear power station has come online since the Three Mile Island accident in 1979. No one was hurt in that accident but the evacuation (either by government order or self-diagnosis) of 160,000 left a permanent scar on the face of nuclear power in the U.S.
Chu's singular and exclusive focus on nuclear energy was misguided last March when he wrote that essay ("we are constantly looking ahead to the future of nuclear power") and, with the potential for further problems at the damaged facilities in Japan, it is time for President Obama to instruct his Energy Secretary to revisit his position on having gone all-in on nuclear power.
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