There are enough strong feelings on this subject to last us all a lifetime. But setting that aside, can't we all agree that something must be done about all the radioactive waste we are already living in the middle of now? Every year more piles up. And I think we want more of some of it, like waste plutonium from decommissioning US and Russian missles. But what can we do about it?
We can recycle the stuff and burn it down to about 5% of its present volume using the French method--which was originally an American reactor design. Or we can use even newer methods and achieve even better results.
I know, I know....safety, proliferation, blahblahblah... Whatever we do, the rest of the world will keep right on going. So if it is risky, I would rather that we kept control ourselves and solved these problems.
Let's master this technology again. Let us modularize and standardize and value engineer a new generation of nuclear reactors and build a workforce of highly paid scientists and engineers and technicians to build and run them. God knows we need the energy.