Australia Sells Uranium to China

Written by commonsensejournal on April 21st, 2006

Emily Messner of the Washington Post reports that Australia decided to sell uranium to the China’s Hu regime. She also has some helpful information about radioactive waste from nuclear power plants.

The same can be said of nuclear technologies — and it’s a dilemma for the United States. Is it wise for the United States to provide technologies to developing countries that want to pursue civilian nuclear power generation? Such an approach could help ensure that Americans have vital knowledge of those emerging energy programs.

On the other hand, proliferation concerns, waste issues and many of the other drawbacks we’ve discussed this week must be considered. Should U.S. policy be to refuse to provide nuclear technologies, even though that runs the risk that developing nations will procure them from other countries instead, potentially leaving Americans in the dark about those new nuclear capabilities.

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