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  • "So you're a believer in nuclear power?"

    "Yes I am, actually. A lot of people are scared of radiation. To me, personally, I feel it is more of an education thing, like if you are educated, you know about it, there is no reason to be super scared about it. People watch movies and think , 'Oh its like The Hills Have Eyes or other scary movies'. They think that's what going to happen with if I get contaminated with radiation. And I think that people are kind of dumb and need to be educated."

    This is a tour guide at Experimental Breeder Reactor 1 (EBR-1) now a museum on the land of the Idaho National Laboratory, on the road to Arco, Idaho. That town's nickname is "Atomic City" as it was the first town lit up by electricity generated by nuclear power. This was harnesses first in 1961 right in this spot.

    My guide is very young, college age, with ambitions to be a network newscaster. His unabashed acceptance for nuclear power is interesting to hear, and from the other people I have talked to around here, my hunch is the belief in the safety and promise of nuclear power is direction proportional to one's physical proximity to the source.

    Most of us live far form nuclear power plants.

    I find this most fascinating as a museum, way out past the middle of nowhere a monument to man's determination to harness the most powerful and basic of life elements, maybe perhaps staring the creator in the eye (should you believe in that) or just the very beginning of time/matter itself.

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