NUCLEAR ENERGY….Matt Yglesias responds to my energy post from earlier today:
What I have to add here is that I think any serious effort to reduce oil use is going to need to have a nuclear component. The basic fact is that any strategy to burn less gasoline — electric cars, the “hydrogen economy,” more mass transit, some combination of the three — is going to require the production of more electricity, either in order to directly power vehicles or else to manufacture the alternative fuel. At the same time, using less oil to make gasoline and more oil to make electricity clearly isn’t going to achieve anything.
I’m not going to express an opinion about this except to say that I think I’ve changed my mind on nuclear power about five times so far in my life. But it’s a worthwhile subject to bring up for discussion, so discuss away.