Jewish World Review April 12, 2005 / 3 Nissan, 5765

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The one way to follow Europe's example | Self-styled "progressives" of the American left want to follow Europe's example on foreign policy, mass transit, welfare benefits, and social mores — on everything, in fact, except the one area where we could learn most from the Old World: the development of nuclear power.

Today, such admired liberal "role models" as Sweden and Belgium use atomic power plants to generate much more than double their percentage of total electricity as does the U.S. The supposedly enlightened French use nuclear facilities to produce 78% of their electricity — compared to a pathetic 20% in the US, where we haven't ordered a new nuclear plant since the mid '70's.

A recent UN conference of 74 nations concluded, "nuclear energy is regaining stature as a serious option."

To get serious in addressing our troubling dependence on foreign oil, we must finally disregard the crippling, hysterical warnings of homegrown environmental extremists and begin exploiting the clean, safe, inexpensive potential of nuclear power.

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