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Nuclear Power Pros And Cons: Is It Key To America's Energy Future? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 11/15/10 07:58 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

To some, nuclear energy is a ticking bomb. To others, it represents the future of an energy-independent and carbon-free America.

Is nuclear power a viable and safe option for generating electricity? Check out the pros and cons below, and come back November 16th at 2PM EST for a lively debate between Erich Pica, president of the environmental group Friends Of The Earth, and Stewart Brand, co-founder of the Global Business Network and president of the Long Now Foundation.

Con: Its Safety In Question
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With two reactors shut down in the same day this month, it makes us wonder, will they ever really be safe?

Besides just the frightening idea of human error and the failure of aging plants, there’s the prospect of terrorists exploiting safety loopholes.

Pictured are officials inspecting damage from a fire in a Japanese nuclear facility that broke out in 2007.
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