Voices Around TownHas what happened in Japan changed your opinion of nuclear power?
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"Not really, nuclear power is helpful. Burning coal, in the long run, is more harmful to the environment. As long as there are no alternative fuels viable, there's no point in burning coal exclusively. But we shouldn't build power plants in an area where there are earthquakes."
Marcus Mieir, Germany
"I'm against it now, even though I understand that it is a cleaner burning energy. But the ordeal of getting rid of nuclear rods after they are used up is worse for the environment than coal."
Eric Rider, San Carlos
"My opinion is that people need to be aware of nuclear power and work for a safe and clean environment. What are we doing to protect the environment? Everything gets old and broken down, what can we do to provide safety for all?"
Terri Lovestrand, Maryland
"I'm definitely more wary about it. But with however much nuclear power we have right now, I'm not sure if it's something we can easily transition from."
Wendy Spies, Mountain View
"We probably shouldn't rely on nuclear power anymore, because (disasters) can happen and now the people of Japan may suffer from radiation. But here on the West Coast, I think people are overreacting."
Tara Collins, New Jersey
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