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Letters: Nuclear energy and Darrell Issa

May 04, 2012

Re "A lone wolf at nuclear agency," Column, April 29

Michael Hiltzik highlights what's wrong with nuclear power regulation, and it has nothing to do with Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-Vista) investigation ofU.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Greg Jaczko. Issa chooses to investigate trivia rather than substance.

Rational businesspeople weigh risks and benefits and always consider potential consequences. The unpredictability of nature, design, equipment failure, terrorism and human error all add to the risk posed by nuclear power plants. Chernobyl and Fukushima have displayed the potential consequences of nuclear power.

Nuclear power isn't worth these risks when considering alternatives such as solar, wind and natural gas. It would appear that most of the benefits lie in the profitability reaped by utilities, while the risks fall on people.

Berton Moldow

Laguna Woods

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