Early calls for a moratorium on nuclear plant construction — some from Washington’s most vocal proponents of nuclear energy — suggest the nuclear disaster in Japan may affect the energy debate at home. For Nevada, ending or significantly scaling back nuclear development could either bring about the demise of or facilitate renewable energy development. It could also do the same for the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.
Nuclear energy has been enjoying a renaissance in Washington, especially since Republicans scored major gains in the 2010 elections.
In a political climate where the energy debate has been dominated by competing cries of “cap-and-trade” or “drill, baby, drill,” nuclear energy was the one place where Republicans and the Obama administration agreed that investment and development was essential. Read more about renewable energy in Nevada