TallDave wrote:Do you see nuclear power anywhere in his current platform?
Yes, but I would say his attitude is somewhat short of enthusiastic.
Go to http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/newenergy
Click on "Read the full version of The Obama-Biden New Energy for America plan" and you will download a pdf. Check the bottom of page 6 and the top of page 7 in that pdf. Sorry, I don't know how to copy and paste it into here or I would. Bottom line: he doesn't rule it out, but he wants the waste problem addressed before there's any expansion of nuclear capability. Looks to me like he's giving himself enough manuvering room to go either way.
speaking as a (non-typical) european/brit/non-american - i would like to say:
i havent read OB's energy paper yet, but now i will. many thanks. i expect he will soon become one of the most powerful and influential individuals in the world. it is nice to know what he thinks (at least publicly, and i suppose predominantly to an American audience).
i have to say, from what i know so far, OB's views on Energy, Environment and Foreign Affairs certainly more in-phase with the rest of the developed world - where-ever they may actually reside.
i would also agree with him that nuclear waste disposal is an issue - otherwise it would need little legal regulation - which is not the case. cross-generational issues aside.
for my money, 'transmutation-'reactor technology is a viable and positive direction for both research and development.
within the existing nuclear industry world-wide we already have successful fast-breeder programmes operating or explored.
within the fusion programmes, we not only have a viable alternative, non-toxic, energy supply, but also the possibility of creating the energy conditions necessary for 'extended' navigation down through a greater variety of transmutation pathways.
thus our historical nuclear waste stockpiles all of a sudden become vast and cheap energy sources once again.
the alchemist's green dream