ENERGY: A Go-Ahead for Nuclear Power

The campaign degenerated into a mudslinging match, marked by incidents of vandalism, that confused rather than clarified the issue. But the vote could hardly have been more decisive. By a landslide margin of 2 to 1, Californians last week turned down Proposition 15, which might well have had the effect of banning nuclear power plants from the state. The message seemed clear: voters are not terrified by the remote possibility of a deadly nuclear accident, and they believe that atomic power is necessary to meet future demands for electricity.

If that is...