Environmentalists Admit Being Wrong for 40 Years - Shackles of Nuclear Power Being Removed | Oil Price.com
A good opinion piece on how the far left has been instrumental in holding back nuclear power in the US.
For the nuclear industry which has felt itself vilified, constrained and damaged by the ceaseless and sometimes pathological opposition of the environmental movement, this changing attitude is manna from on high. No matter that the environmentalists, in opposing nuclear since the late 1960s have critically wounded the U.S. reactor industry and contributed to the construction scores of coal and gas-fired plants that would not have been built without their opposition to nuclear.
In short, the environmental movement contributed in no small way to driving electric utilities to the carbon fuels they now are seeking to curtail. Also, the environmentalists had a big effect on public policy by co-opting the left wing of the Democratic Party and feeding the nuclear doubts of President Jimmy Carter. What should have been a technical argument became a social and cultural one.
Nuclear was such a target of the environmental movement that it embraced the “anything but nuclear” policy with abandon. Ergo its enthusiasm for all forms of alternative energy and its spreading of the belief—still popular in left-wing circles—that wind and solar power, with a strong dose of conservation, is all that is needed.
A third generation of environmental activists, who have been preoccupied with global climate change, have come to understand that a substantial amount of new electric generation is needed. Also some environmentalists are beginning to be concerned about the visual impact of wind turbines, not to mention their lethality to bats and birds.
For further evidence read through this Wiki link.