Cordova nuclear plant donates more than $20,000 to regional nonprofits
CORDOVA, Ill. — Employees at Exelon Generation's Quad Cities Station are focused on giving back this holiday season, providing thousands of dollars to local nonprofit organizations.
Today, Exelon Corp. issued the following statement on a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists that makes the environmental case for the preservation of existing nuclear plants:
By Julia Stasch and Chris Crane
Climate advocates must support reasonable policies, like those adopted in Illinois, New York and New Jersey, that allow for the continued operation of the nation’s nuclear plants and increased deployment of new zero-carbon technology.
By Richard Rhodes
Many environmentalists have opposed nuclear power, citing its dangers and the difficulty of disposing of its radioactive waste. But a Pulitzer Prize-winning author argues that nuclear is safer than most energy sources and is needed if the world hopes to radically decrease its carbon emissions.
In the late 16th century, when the increasing cost of firewood forced ordinary Londoners to switch reluctantly to coal, Elizabethan preachers railed against a fuel they believed to be, literally, the Devil’s excrement. Coal was black, after all, dirty, found in layers underground — down toward Hell at the center of the earth — and smelled strongly of sulfur when it burned. Switching to coal, in houses that usually lacked chimneys, was difficult enough; the clergy’s outspoken condemnation, while certainly justified environmentally, further complicated and delayed the timely resolution of an urgent problem in energy supply.