Politics Has Always Outranked Science at Yucca Mountain

The June 8 editorial “Radioactive politics,” about the long-running battle over what to do with America’s nuclear waste, concluded that it was politics, not science, that prompted President Obama to cancel the proposed national disposal site for...
The Times, Lula and Lily Tomlin

The Times, Lula and Lily Tomlin

Reading the New York Times (5/25) on Brazilian reaction to President Luiz “Lula” da Silva’s deal with Iran over uranium enrichment brings to mind comedian Lily Tomlin’s observation: “No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep...
Nuclear Recycling Fails the Test

Nuclear Recycling Fails the Test

Over the past few years, attention to the recycling of nuclear power spent fuel has grown. Fears of global warming due to fossil fuel burning have given nuclear energy a boost; over the next 15 years dozens of new power reactors are planned world-wide. To promote...