Energy is big business and a big issue inextricably linked to politics. Rising gas prices and huge natural gas and oil finds in the U.S. thrust energy into the 2012 presidential arena, but little was said about nuclear power—which supplies about a fifth of America’s power. Although some environmentalists are now advocating for nukes, the question of how to safely isolate existing waste has been plaguing the industry and government for decades.
Adam J. White is a lawyer with Boyden Gray & Associates, a Washington firm focusing on regulatory issues. He also writes for The New Atlantis, where we found his article “Yucca Mountain—A Post Mortem”.