Does the earthquake-damaged nuclear power plant in Japan make the case against such building plants here?

Posted March 14, 2011, at 5:39 p.m.

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As of Monday, radioactive gas had been released at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, where reactors were threatening to overheat. Generators, designed to keep water circulating through the radioactive core failed, allowing the water to heat up. Do such catastrophes show why the U.S. should not rush into building new nuclear power plants? Or can nuclear plants still be built to operate safely, even in such emergencies?

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