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The Republican Party continues to struggle for new ideas -- or any idea other than "no." So Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is trotting out an old one: nuclear power.
He's calling for the construction of 100 nuclear power plants
, arguing that it's more practical than investing in renewable energy. He cites France, where 80 percent of its energy comes from nukes, and it has some of the cheapest and cleanest electricity in Europe.
Unfortunately, there are a few problems with the good senator's thinking. First, it's never good to take your cues from France, which is like an uppity Belle Meade matron, only in country form. And since no one's figured out how to get rid of nuclear waste, this kind of violates that whole green thing everybody's clamoring about. Since we're now screwed by the years we spent blowing off the environmental impact of our energy use, it's probably not a good idea to keep blowing stuff off.
But the upside is that Republicans are at least trying to contribute to the national debate -- even if their ideas came from a time capsule from 1972.