Re “Nuclear energy can make a carbon-free future a reality” [March 22, Opinion]:
Scott L. Montgomery is wrong that nuclear power is carbon-free. Most uranium is mined many miles from where it is used. The mining and transporting is very carbon-intensive. Also, all the construction materials are manufactured in carbon-intensive industries.
But the most serious issue with nuclear power is its radioactive waste, some of which is active for millions of years. We are saddling the earth, and all life and future life, with waste that is very life-threatening. This is very shortsighted and unfair.
Mankind must start counting all the molecules that go into a project and what they are when they come out if we are to have a safe planet.
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