"Humanity's way of life is on a collision course with geology—with the stark fact that the Earth holds a finite supply of oil," National Geographic reported in June 2004.

We no longer need to be environmentalists to understand the need to find alternatives to oil. But rather than embrace the opportunity to develop clean alternative energy forms—something environmentalists have long promoted—President Bush has proposed increasing the use of nuclear power as "one of the most promising sources of energy," including rehabilitating the country's 103 nuclear reactors and building more than 30 new ones nationwide.

Bush's plan follows on the heels of a 150-page report from the National Commission on Energy Policy calling for the US to invest billions in subsidies in reinvigorating the nuclear industry—approved by a board that includes a Harvard professor emeritus of environmental policy and a senior attorney for the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the nation's largest environmental action organization, with over one million members. That report was rejected by the NRDC, Greenpeace, the Sierra Club, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, but nuclear power is still finding favor with environmentalists.



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