The celebrations of Japan’s decision to turn off its last nuclear reactor may have been premature. Few have noticed this development: a key uranium deal with Kazakhstan, the world’s largest current supplier of nuclear fuel. Japan’s “nuclear recess” could prove a short one.
For the first time in 30 years, the United States has just okayed new nuclear reactors. Though this comes with the still unfolding Fukushima disaster as a backdrop, we’re being told everything is under control. It is—damage control.
The Japanese have had quite a wakeup call on energy options. Now, we need one.
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With the nuclear crisis in Japan, suddenly the safety of nuclear energy is of interest everywhere. What will the United States do under Obama? If forgotten history is any measure, perhaps not nearly enough.