Time Essay: Looking Anew At The Nuclear Future

In cooling down the failed reactor at Three Mile Island, experts from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) had to assess somberly the risks of every feasible step, weigh them against the dangers of waiting too long, and act only after satisfying themselves that they had a reasonably clear idea of what to do. The same spirit ought to govern the public and its leaders in the intense debate about the future of nuclear power that is now beginning.

As at Harrisburg, hasty judgments, formed in response either to panic or to glib reassurances that...

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