For all you conservative Republicans who think the universe is only 6,000 years old and humans rode dinosaurs to work, you missed a good discussion on NPR the other day. There was a debate between a nuclear power advocate and an anti-nuclear power critic. Yes, these things happen on NPR.

Both people gave an extraordinary account of the facts, figures, numbers, statistics and solid argument for, and against, the atom powering the world’s electrical grid. When I hear somebody making irrational statements, I assume they’re either under the influence of love, drugs, or money. After carefully listening to both sides of the debate, I came to the conclusion that the pro-nuclear power people are blinded by the huge sums of dough streaming into their bank accounts by the atomic energy crowd.

Nuclear power plants are always an accident waiting to happen and there’s no rational reason to spend another nickel on it. We all know the arguments, so please, spare us. Modern inventions are making the nuclear power industry obsolete (except on warships) but don’t take my word for it. Ask the working stiff in Japan.

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