The Paducah Sun
The Paducah Sun
Paducah, Kentucky
Monday, August 20, 2001

Nuclear power may have chance to get back on track


EDITOR:

I applaud the Sunís support of nuclear power. That the Tennessee Valley Authority is beginning to consider finishing plants is great news.

Frankly, President Carter's stupid betrayal of this nation and various industries, including TVA, has embittered me to the point that I simply no longer trust Democratic presidents or knee-jerk followers of the radical anti-nuclear forces in Congress to make rational energy policies.

I hope current events will cause nuclear power to again get on track. I would urge TVA and others who are considering risking the huge sums necessary to wait until it is clear that Congress is ready to back President Bush and commit to a long-term policy of progress on a rational and non-political basis based on solid scientific grounds, not radical nonsense. It may well be that we will not see any progress for years until the nation is driven to desperation, which is inevitable without moves being made very soon.

Of course, I'm not a political person, having had to work in the no-nonsense field of uranium processing and flourine-applied manufacturing. Science and real world industries simply can't rely on silly politics and somehow manage to accomplish something of importance regardless.

We can only hope this is the dawn of a new and wiser America.

CHARLES PAYNE

Metropolis, Ill.