The nuclear industries and its cheerleaders in industry and politics want us to look on reactors as keeping the air clean. What they perpetually and conveniently omit is that we have ever-more nuclear waste, including what was produced during nuclear reactors’ very first days of operation. Those wastes are still in storage, still highly radioactive, still toxic and dangerous beyond comprehension. No one knows how to render any of it safe, or even if it will ever be safe, and no-one wants it in their community.
Though power plants have never cleaned up their own mess, I should support “clean, non-polluting” nuclear technology? How about if I throw all my household trash in a back yard (someone else’s, of course, following the example of nukes that will make everyone’s homes their waste pit) for 40 years, and my descendants do for the next ten thousand years?
If I can’t do it, if none of us can, why should they?