Nelson J. Mendoza: Learn from disaster

April 6, 2013 

Learn from disaster

Two years after the Fukushima disaster, tens of thousands of people still cannot return to their homes due to radiation from the meltdowns, and cleanup costs could top $250 billion.

The Fukushima meltdowns showed us that nuclear power will never be “safe.” Despite the warnings from Japan, Duke Energy executives want Duke’s ratepayers to write them a blank check for new, expensive reactors in Florida and North and South Carolina.

Duke has been busy lobbying for a law that would subject its customers to almost automatic annual rate increases. Meanwhile, costs for Duke’s new nuclear plants continue to soar above original projections.

Nuclear power was dangerous and expensive before the fiasco at Fukushima, afterward only the blind or the biased would continue to pursue new nuclear plants. Duke should invest in clean, renewable energy that can be brought online quickly and affordably.

Nelson J. Mendoza, Raleigh

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