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Tuesday
Feb032015

AZ Senate Committee Says Nuclear Power Is a Renewable Energy Resource

Arizona is one step closer to officially declaring nuclear power a renewable-energy source. (Yes, you read that correctly.)

The Senate Committee on Water and Energy narrowly passed SB 1134, a bill that classifies "nuclear energy from sources fueled by uranium fuel rods that include 80 percent or more of recycled nuclear fuel and natural thorium reactor resources under development" to be a renewable-energy source. 

Environmentalists are not happy, and frankly, no one who cares about linguistics should be either.

A renewable resource doesn't get depleted with use: the sun keeps shining if we harvest solar power, the wind keeps blowing if we erect turbines, the earth keeps producing heat if we harness geothermal power. But nuclear?

Sandy Bahr, chapter director of the Arizona Sierra Club, said "the very nature of mining"--which must be done to get nuclear material--"is that you are depleting a resource." Thus, nuclear energy cannot be called renewable.


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