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A Strong Majority of Americans Support Nuclear Energy and the Construction of More Nuclear Power Plants
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.

Today, the United States Imports Almost 95% of the Uranium We Need
Currently, the United States has 104 operating nuclear power plants that produce 21% of all the country's electrical power. In doing so, they annually consume 55 million pounds of uranium ore. But U.S. uranium production is currently less than 4 million pounds per year. That means that the U.S. must rely on secondary supplies or imports equaling 51 million pounds of uranium ore every year just to fuel the nuclear power plants we have now.

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)

If a Truck Carrying Uranium Ore from a Mine in Northern Arizona had an Accident, You Would NOT Need Any Special Equipment
From 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).

compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL)

Naturally Occurring Uranium Bearing Formations in the Grand Canyon Area Leach Dissolved Uranium into the Watershed
Naturally occurring exposed uranium bearing breccia pipe formation in the Grand Canyon area
Over 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

Dr. Karen Wenrich is a Certified Professional Geologist with 30 years experience studying the breccia pipe terrain across northern Arizona, with both the US Geological Survey (USGS) and as a private consultant. Excerpts of a letter dated October 22, 2009, to the Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Strip District Office and testimony before the The Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands of the Committee on Natural Resources – July 21, 2009.

"...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

Testimony of Russell D. Butcher, former Southwest Representative of National Parks Conservation Association to Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives - April 8, 2010. Russell D. Butcher, whose 45 year career focused on parkland and wildlife conservation and environmental negotiating, has served on the staffs of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), National Audubon Society and Save-the-Redwoods League. From 1984-1990, he served as a member of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Arizona Strip District Advisory Council.

How many pounds of minerals an American baby born in 2010 will need to maintain the current standard of living?
Click here to discover how much the baby born in 2009 needed versus the needs of the baby of 2010. The products of mining—the minerals we rely upon to provide the essence of our lives—provide the raw materials for almost everything we use in our daily lives as well as the energy to power it all. This will be an increasing challenge for our nation when our very ability to mine our own natural resources is being increasingly restricted by environmentalists who prompt government action which ends in curtailing, prohibiting and excluding vast areas of land containing the minerals that are vital  to our very lives.
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