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Japan crisis may have little effect on U.S. energy policy

10:31am, March 25, 2011

Whatever the ultimate repercussions of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident in Japan (see Page 6), the crisis raises questions over the role nuclear power should play as an energy source. Michael Levi, head of the energy security and climate change program at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, spoke to reporters on March 14 about the accident’s potential implications for U.S. nuclear policy. Science News contributing editor Alexandra Witze excerpted his comments.

How will this event affect public opinion on nuclear power in the United States?
Most people will have their previous biases reconfirmed. The one place where I see a potential shift is in the group

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