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Energy Carries Risks

Recorded on March 18, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

Japan 's nuclear plant crisis has people talking about safe energy.

Some would eliminate nuclear power entirely. Yet every form of energy has its dangers—when man first discovered fire he got burned.

Extreme environmentalists want to eliminate atomic power and to stop drilling. That's a major reason we rely on imported oil.

They consider coal no good, because they say mining is dangerous and that coal hastens global warming. Natural gas is cleaner, but not clean enough for them.

Dams and hydroelectric power create problems for fish. Windpower kills birds and spoils the view. Solar power is hugely expensive and requires rare substances that must be mined from the earth.

The truth is that every form of energy carries risk to some degree. Either we live with it and reduce risk as best we can—or we learn to live in the cold and the dark.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.