A Strong Majority
of Americans Support Nuclear Energy and the Construction of More Nuclear
Two recent public opinion polls both show that Americans strongly support nuclear energy. Results from both polls came after President Barack Obama announced federal government loan guarantees to build the first nuclear power plants in the United States in thirty years. In our 21st century democracy, the will of a strong majority of the population should count.
A survey of 1,000 adults conducted between March 18, 2010 and March 21, 2010, by Bisconti Research Inc./Gfk Roper found that 84% of Americans believe that electric utilities should start preparing now to build new nuclear plants. 87% percent believe that nuclear energy “will play an important role in meeting this nation’s electricity needs” in the years to come. Additionally, the poll found that a record-high 74% of Americans support nuclear energy and a similarly strong 70% say the United States should “definitely build more” nuclear energy facilities." Read more about it.
A new Gallup poll released March 22, 2010, of a survey conducted between March 4, 1020 and March 7, 2010, reports that Americans' support for the use of nuclear power has climbed to a new all-time high of 62%. A majority of Americans have favored using nuclear power to provide electricity for the United States since Gallup began polling this topic in 1994. The poll has a sampling error of ±4 percentage points. Read more about it.
The U.S. has the potential of producing 30 million pounds of uranium ore per year. The question for all of us is, should we obtain the uranium we need in Arizona and Utah or rely on Kazakhstan, Niger, Uzbekistan, Russia and who knows elsewhere? Should we create good, high-paying mining jobs in Arizona or help create jobs in Uzbekistan and elsewhere in the world? Should we leave our energy future and our national security in the hands of politicians and political systems half way around the world or is is better to become more self-reliant right here at home? If you are familiar with OPEC (The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), just imagine if a uranium cartel ever took hold in the world. We need American uranium to power American nuclear power plants. Nothing else makes sense.
Information condensed from the Northwest mining Association (NWMA)
1981 through 1995, one mining company—Energy Fuels Nuclear—mined and transported
almost 1.4 million tons of uranium ore by truck from various mines
on the Arizona Strip to the mill in Blanding, Utah. Each truck carried
25 tons of ore over this approximate 300 mile one-way journey. This adds
up to a total of almost 54,000 truckloads traveling over 16,000,000 highway
miles during this fourteen year period with no loss of human life, serious
injuries or other vehicles involved, and only five accidents that involved
any ore spillage whatsoever. When an ore spillage occurred, it was easily
and quickly cleaned up and surveyed radiometrically.
In fact, if an accident involving uranium ore occurs, you do NOT have to call a hazardous materials clean up crew, you only need a shovel, front-end loader or similar equipment to simply remove the spilled ore. This is unlike the everyday compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) that an increasing number of people are using to help save energy.
If a CFL in your home breaks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that to avoid mercury contamination, you immediately, open a window, turn off the air conditioning or forced air heating system and, then, leave the room for at least fifteen minutes. You cannot use a vacuum cleaner! The EPA recommends that you not use a CFL in a child's room or where pregnant women may be exposed. Learn more about the dangers posed by broken compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
100 naturally occurring and eroded uranium bearing breccia
pipe formations--untouched by man--are exposed today in the
Grand Canyon area. Each leaches radioactive minerals into the Grand
Canyon watershed. In spite of this, there is no evidence that the water
supply of millions of downstream users is contaminated with uranium from
The Grand Canyon region.
This natural contamination could not be replicated by the mining industry if they attempted to do so on purpose. In a field hearing about uranium mining near the Grand Canyon held by Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ and Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands of the House Natural Resources Committee) in Flagstaff, Arizona on March 28, 2007, the Kane County (Utah) commissioner, Dale Hulet, testified that the mining industry is doing the environment a favor by removing the offending metals, but if they are not allowed to mine, perhaps the entire “Grand Canyon region should be made a Superfund site.”
"I have seen no evidence of any contamination to the environment that has been created by the mining industry, which isn’t dwarfed by what nature has done by erosion and oxidation to the uranium deposits that are currently exposed or have been previously removed by erosion. I can provide you with over 100 locations within the Grand Canyon region of mineralized breccia pipes that are currently draining naturally into the Grand Canyon watershed through erosion. Yet, there is no evidence that people in Las Vegas or Los Angeles are currently drinking contaminated water from the Grand Canyon Region." —Dr. Karen Wenrich
"...it is worth noting a statement in a February 18, 2010, news release issued by the U.S. Geological Survey: “Analysis of historical water quality data for more than 1,000 water samples from 428 sites in northern Arizona shows that dissolved uranium concentrations in areas without mining were generally similar to those with active or reclaimed mines.”
"To sum up my personal opinion regarding breccia pipe uranium mining on public lands surrounding Grand Canyon National Park, while such activities must be carried out with extreme care and due diligence, as was demonstrated by EFN (Energy Fuels Nuclear) in the late 20th century, I continue to view such activities as posing no credible threat of environmental harm to either Grand Canyon National Park or the Colorado River that flows through it." —Russell D. Butcher