A Priority of Safety First | AREVA North America: Next Energy Blog


Robert W. Gee, President, Gee Strategies Group

With the world’s eyes on the unfolding crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, questions about the use of nuclear energy here in the United States are swirling. Even as these questions are perfectly reasonable and worthy of discussion, it is also important to remember to proceed rationally, rather than react impulsively. Because this is a teachable moment, we can and should learn from this unfolding situation before we decide how – or whether — to revise America’s current stewardship of nuclear energy.

Nuclear energy is an important part of the country’s energy mix, constituting fully 20 percent of America’s energy resources. Each of our country’s energy resources has its advantages and disadvantages but the paramount factor in the use of any of these alternatives is safety.

The situation in Japan is changing daily, and continues to demonstrate incremental progress. Until this matter is fully resolved, we encourage policy makers and the public to remain calm, rational and focused to learn the right lessons and use them to make clear-headed decisions about America’s energy future. In the ongoing task of providing ourselves with the safest, most effective means to power our lives, we ought not leave ourselves in the dark.

With a priority of safety first, we should look, listen, and learn from this crisis prior to making any significant decisions affecting our own country’s energy future. By using this event as an as an opportunity to fully assess what has happened in Japan and apply that knowledge here, at the very least we should be able to make nuclear power systems here even safer.

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