The debate on nuclear

The Miami HeraldOctober 20, 2008 

The big positive: Nuclear produces huge amounts of power with zero greenhouse gas emissions without using a drop of foreign oil. The two new reactors planned for Turkey Point in South Miami-Dade are the equivalent of roughly 90 square miles of solar panels.

The big negative: More than two million pounds of high-density radioactive waste sit right now at Turkey Point. It's growing by 40 tons each year, and there's no place to send it.

The big debate: Can nuclear help stop global warming? How much will new nuclear units cost, and how does that compare to solar and wind? Estimates for nuclear energy have been soaring in the past year, and some environmentalists claim no estimate is accurate because the cost of the nuclear waste is unknown.

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