Sometimes it seems as if we Americans have a very short term memory. Raise gas and electric prices and we are ready to consider Nuclear power, more polluting coal plants and just about anything to save a few dollars (short of good conservation policy and smaller homes/cars). Witness the President, Congress and even "green" groups talking about how nuclear power is the answer to our energy woes. But, as with other fuels, there are hidden costs that have to be paid. These have not even been calculated in full, but a recent article in the local paper got my attention: http://www.thetranscript.com/headlines/ci_4445758 " ROWE — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. government to pay millions of dollars toward the cost of nuclear-waste storage at Yankee Atomic Electric Co.'s closed Rowe plant and two others." Seems that the Feds promised the ENTIRE nuclear industry that they would be responsible for long term storage of the nuclear waste. Now that the Feds have not come through, they (you and I) have to pay the power companies FOREVERMORE to store the stuff at closed plants. In addition, there will larger future costs when the stuff is finally moved to Nevada or where ever it's final destination may be. Even there, it will continue to cost the taxpayers for tens of thousands of year, if civilization lasts that long! This is only one small part of the $$ cost. Then there is the human cost. While most can agree that nuclear plants themselves emit very little radiation, the "fuel cycle", meaning the mining, processing, transportation and eventual disposal of said nuclear fuel has been proven to add vast amounts of radiation to the environment. This results in an increase in numerous cancers, especially bone cancers and leukemia. As the experts will tell you, there is no such thing as a safe dose of radiation. X-rays at the dentist and high altitude flights all add up to increases in the amount of cancer.....and not just by a small amount. As a for instance, the radiation given in a normal Pet or Cat scan has been found to cause cancer in 1 out of 1,000 times. That is incredibly high when you figure many thousand of these procedures are done daily. In many of these case, it is a risk worth taking, because the scan is needed to save the patient from something worse than the 1 in 1,000. But, in the case of nuclear power, the public-at-large is the "patient" . And, as is usually the case with cancer, you cannot accurately trace back each case to the exact impurity which caused it. In a perfect world we might be able to produce power without pollution, but until then we should carefully look at the total effect of the technology that we use.