Nuclear energy just too risky

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Nuclear energy is unsafe, risky and stays radioactive for thousands of years. Let’s make sure if the government allocates the proposed $36 billion tax dollars to nuclear energy, it’s to ensure the safety of existing plants. Underground sites to dispose of these uranium rods are filling up within months. The limited space to store limits the amount of nuclear fuel we can use. It’s time we start funding safer, more environmentally friendly forms of energy including wind, water and solar. Wind power creates no smog, no acid rain and no greenhouse gas emissions. Wind energy cost 2 to 3 cents per kWh, compared to 11.1 to 14.5 cents per kWh of nuclear energy. The use of wind machines replaces the need for about 6.4 million barrels of oil. Customers are given the option of wind, water, solar but are not given the option of nuclear power because they know how unpopular it is. We need to start thinking about our future, and our children’s future, long-term. After what happened in Japan, how can the United States take such risks with its people and economy? Gretchen Cantrell, Rocklin