Nuclear power is a filthy, radioactively poisonous form of energy that has no business in New York State’s Clean Energy Standard. But it’s not surprising that a pro-nuclear advocate from Washington would try to paint a rosy picture of nuclear energy [“Upstate nuke plants help downstate, too,” Letter, Sept. 27].
It is shocking, however, that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has labeled nuclear power a “clean” energy. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Uranium mining and milling, essential to making nuclear fuel, use massive amounts of fossil fuels that pour vast quantities of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Then nuclear-fuel waste is radioactive for thousands of years.
Unfortunately, Cuomo has created a devastating model for other states. Nationally, we could see a $250 billion bailout of a failing, radioactive and carbon dioxide-polluting industry, according to the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, an antinuclear advocacy organization.
Let the nukes die! Instead, invest the money in renewable energy and retrain nuclear plant workers for jobs in energy efficiency, and solar and wind power.
Peter Maniscalco, Manorville
Editor’s note: The writer was active in fighting to close the Shoreham nuclear plant.