Other nations do not view the matter of the contribution of nuclear power to nuclear weapons proliferation and nuclear war as being as serious a problem as the United States does. Another aspect of this matter which is not mentioned is the contribution that nuclear power can make in decreasing the energy shortage and thus reducing international tension.
A number of comments in the introduction reflect more the discussion in the media than the results of an independent and objective study of nuclear power, particularly in the areas of safety and protection against diversion of nuclear materials.
That assumption carries the risk of future electricity shortages. There are experts who believe that the fraction of 30 percent in 1978 will grow to 50 percent by the year 2000.
The mill tailing problem is real and the past cannot be undone, but the new regulations will not permit a repeat of the past mishandling, and the report should recognize this intent.
The energy resource benefits of the nuclear option, including the plutonium breeder, appear to outweigh any plausible risks of proliferation and diversion and could justify significant investment in upgrading safeguards.
There is no mention in this paragraph or elsewhere in the summary recommendations of the Clinch River breeder reactor. Although it is briefly discussed further on in the chapter, and as stated the committee was divided on the subject, I believe it important enough to mention in the summary. A commercially available LMFBR may well be a necessity by the