I've found myself on both sides of the nuclear fence over the years. I was a good little greenie in college, railing against the evils of splitting the atom and the messy waste left behind.

I briefly flipped over to the pro-nuclear camp a few years ago after I read an article in Wired about pebble-bed technology, a new way of doing nuclear that comes without the nasty meltdowns associated with traditional nuclear plants.

I've been back on the anti-nuclear side for the last couple of years. I think nuclear power is a waste of time and energy that would be better spent in transitioning to truly clean and green generation. Efficiency + widescale solar + wind + geothermal is the roadmap we should be following, not the regressive trail offered by even the "cleanest", most advanced nuclear options.

Karl Burkart over at the MNN Technology desk put together a great list of the top six nuclear energy myths:

Myth 1. Nuclear energy can solve the global warming crisis.

Myth 2. Nuclear has lower CO2 emissions than fossil fuel plants.

Myth 3. Nuclear energy is safe.

Myth 4. Nuclear waste is a manageable problem.

Myth 5. Nuclear energy is affordable.

Myth 6. Nuclear energy won’t affect our national security.

Swing over and read more on why each of these claims and beliefs are actual boondoggles. Nice article Karl.

Shea Gunther is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.

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