There is a quick poll in operation at the Global Network of Environment & Technology (GNET) web site that is asking the following question:
“Can nuclear-based energy be considered “clean” since the reactors don’t emit the pollution or greenhouse gases of coal-burning plants?”
I have already cast my vote, but the early results indicate that there are plenty of you who have not yet visited and voted.
(When I checked, there were 31 yes votes and 60 no votes. That cannot be a true reflection of informed opinion.)
I had never heard of the GNET site, but here is how the backers describe it:
GNET is an award-winning environmental technology, news and business center that promotes the use of innovative environmental technologies. This site is made possible by a cooperative agreement from the National Energy Technology Laboratory and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and Technology.
As is often the case, I need to thank NEI Nuclear Notes for the initial pointer to this opportunity to succeed. Lisa Styles-Shell mentioned the poll in a post titled GNET Online Poll about Nuclear. In her post she pointed out that the GNET site did not seem to have a discussion area and invited us to use the NEI Nuclear Notes blog post as the starting point for a discussion about the cleanliness of nuclear energy.