It is well known that much of the opposition to nuclear power in the US, Europe, and Australia comes from people who are normally considered to be on the political left. David Walters, a self confessed socialist and long time labor activist has a different point of view. He believes, like I do, that abundant, clean, reliable, atomic energy is a boon for the working class.
Power plants provide good, stable jobs, often at union wage scales. They enable a vibrant local economy and good public infrastructure based on the plant’s addition to the property tax base and the salaries of the workers that get spent in local establishments. They allow generational employment with opportunities for young people to keep living and working in the towns where they grow up if they want to.
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Here are some links to articles or podcasts discussed during the show.
Democracy Now! Thursday April 9, 2009 With High Unemployment, Carolinas Reel from Economic Crisis. This segment is the entire interview with Chris Kromm of the Institute for Southern Studies.
Atomic Insights – Hard to Believe Story About TMI.
We Support Lee – Al Gore, Sr., Alvin Weinberg, Climate, and Al Gore, Jr.