I love this:
Go nuclear! It's the green thing to do!
Lift the moratorium on mining uranium
Roanoke Times op/ed
Today, more than 50 percent of U.S. electricity is produced by coal-burning power plants, and in 2008 the nation's coal-fired plants generated more than 2.1 billion metric tons (approximately 4.7 trillion pounds) of carbon dioxide emissions.
Some have argued that the increased carbon dioxide emissions pumped into the atmosphere are responsible for global warming, and this has led to calls to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
One solution to the increased carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants is to increase our dependence on the so-called green energy resources. Green energy resources include solar, wind and nuclear. Of the three, nuclear is the only one capable of producing sufficient and continuous amounts of electricity to meet base load needs.
Many Americans are rightfully concerned that the U.S. now imports about 57 percent of its crude oil at a cost of about $190 billion in 2009.
Lifting the moratorium on uranium mining will encourage mining companies to explore for uranium in Virginia. This could lead to Virginia becoming the Saudi Arabia of nuclear fuel and contribute significantly to Virginia's and the nation's economy and to national security by eliminating our foreign dependence on uranium. [link]
* Alas, it's wishful thinking. There are just too many Luddites, tree-hugging nitwits, and frightened, ignorant peasants out there to ever allow for the mining of uranium here in the Commonwealth. Three-eyed babies, streams glowing in the dark, dogs sleeping with cats, and all that.