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I am a passionate advocate for the environment and nuclear energy. With the threat of climate change, I’ve embarked on a mission to help overcome the fears of nuclear energy. I’ve been active in...

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"Emma Redfoot stands at a whiteboard in a small conference room, sketching neutrons, protons and nuclei, her voice rising enthusiastically as she explains nuclear fission: A neutron blasted into a uranium-235 atom shatters the atom, releasing energy and yet more neutrons that split other uranium atoms, causing a frenetically energetic chain reaction. 'The crazy thing about nuclear energy is that it turns mass into energy,' she says, her gray-blue eyes opening wider. 'It. Destroys. Mass!'

On the other side of the thick glass window here at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) on the outskirts of Idaho Falls, Idaho, the mercury approaches 100 degrees, the sun an angry orange blob behind the thickening gauze of smoke from wildfires across the region — a reminder of the toll fossil fuels are taking on the planet.

But Redfoot says that the situation isn’t hopeless, that we can slash greenhouse gases and still have nice electrified things, including this comfortable climate-controlled room, without making the planet hotter and drier and smokier. To do so, however, we must embrace nuclear power — conquer our irrational fears of radiation and return to 'a story that can be told in terms of abundance in the world we live in.'"

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Jim Stack on Jan 17, 2022

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"Emma Redfoot stands at a whiteboard in a small conference room, sketching neutrons, protons and nuclei, her voice rising enthusiastically as she explains nuclear fission: A neutron blasted into a uranium-235 atom shatters the atom, releasing energy and yet more neutrons that split other uranium atoms, causing a frenetically energetic chain reaction. 'The crazy thing about nuclear energy is that it turns mass into energy,' she says, her gray-blue eyes opening wider. 'It. Destroys. Mass!'

But where is the talk about the spent fuel and storage. The clean up of nuclear sites. The finite Uranium supplies? 

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Bob Meinetz on Jan 17, 2022

"But where is the talk about the spent fuel and storage..."

Jim, years ago nuclear fear porn was all over the web. Most of the sites have shut down, but at sites like Greenpeace.org, SierraClub.org, Sciencing.com, Union of Concerned ScientistsFairewinds.org, HelenCaldicott.com, & Nuclear Information and Resource Service you'll still find plenty of talk about spent fuel leaks, storage disasters, close calls, dwindling uranium supplies, and the perils of decommissioning. Hurry, though - as irrational fear of nuclear energy is replaced by legitimate concerns about climate change, it will only get harder to find!

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