The Post had a good article a couple of days ago Bush Calls For New Nuclear Plants.
The pendulum of public support seems to be swinging in favor of nukes. Even some Greenpeace people are coming around!
Opinion polls suggest public attitudes toward nuclear power are shifting. Support for expanding the use of nuclear energy has grown from 43 percent to 55 percent in the past three years, according to surveys by the Gallup Organization. The Pew Research Center found rising support in the past few months as gasoline prices have soared, from 39 percent last September to 44 percent in February. Still, 49 percent remain against expanding nuclear energy.
"It's still a controversial issue," said Pew Executive Director Andrew Kohut, "but it might have a little wind in its sails, given people's concerns about energy prices."
Some environmentalists, including Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, have changed their minds as well, seeing nuclear energy as clean compared with fossil fuels that pollute the environment. Other environmentalists complain that Bush is overselling any benefits from nuclear power and underestimating the risks.
"Despite the billions of dollars in subsidies and a new public relations campaign, the Bush administration cannot change reality: Nuclear power remains a dangerous, uneconomical and polluting energy source," said Michele Boyd, an energy specialist for Public Citizen.
I don't know about the danger. How many people have died in just the last six months in coal mining disasters?