I dont remember that I really know the american position towards nuclear energy.
We have in Germany since the late 60s the ongoing debate to abbolish nuclear energy. It all was started by some farmers who protested against people dumbing nuclear waste into their backyards. Since Germany is much more smaller than the U.S., nuclear waste storage is a much more intense problem.
At the moment we have a pro-nuclear energy government they basically have the idea to make a lot of money by selling the energy cause we dont really need so many plants for meeting our power demands. Their plan is to make some money with the plants to then have room for new investions in renewable sources. I am against nuclear energy cause I know what grave impact the waste has on the planet and its inhabitants. I've studied nuclear power plant engineering a bit, so I also know on a professional level what you are dealing with. I too dont believe in our government's plan to use the money for renewable energies because they wont.
Now since the catastrophy in Japan the debate has heaten up anew in Germany. The current government was forced by the political climate to react now and they will shut down half of our nuclear power plants for security investigations. Of course by shutting down they mean, they will stop to produce electrical power, before the fuel elements will be ready for storing they still will be needed to be cooled down for several years to become stable. Yet this reaction could mean the dawn of a new era and we all hope that the catastrophy in Japan will lead to a rethinking of the usage of nuclear energy.
What is the american position on this ?