Nuclear power is the only long term solution to the US, and world, energy crisis.
The US needs many thousands of gigawatts of inexpensive energy to power our industries, homes, and vehicles.
Solar,wind,wave, and geothermal sources are too dilute and undependable for this.
Ethanol creates more problems than it solves. The hyped up hydrogen cycle is D.O A (dead on arrival) and will remain D.O.A. Once again, too many basic physical problems.Oil, gas, and coal spew out vast amounts of CO2, and will run out.
Nuclear power is the only source which is concentrated enough to provide the huge amount of inexpensive, inexhaustible power that we need.
We need fast breeder power reactors which can produce more fuel than they burn. In addition, they can burn the spent fuel from our thermal nuclear power reactors. This would eliminate our nuclear waste problem and the need to bury vast amounts of spent nuclear fuel at Yucca mountain.
Oil is used for production of plastics and chemicals, and is far too valuable to burned for energy. When either oil or coal is burned,we exhaust CO2 into the atmospher.
So it doesn't make sense to burn it no matter how cheap it is.
Uranium has no legitimate use whatever, except as fuel for nuclear reactors. No CO2 is produced. We should take the clue, as many other countries already have, and make nuclear power a national priority.
The US is behind both France and Russia in the development of fast breeder reactors. This is unacceptable, and has to change.
In the meantime we can build as many thermal nuclear reactors as we want, at 1000 megawatts each (electrical) Then this power can be used to power electric cars, trains, and other vehicles..
As T. Boone Pickens said today, natural gas is only an interim solution while we develop a perminent one. Here is the permanent one.