While I agree with the prompt that we need to find better ways to dispose or reuse nuclear waste, nuclear power is much safer and much cleaner than fossil fuels in general. While nuclear radiation and waste gets all the bad rep from the media and environmental group, we forget that our reliance on fossil-fuel energy sources causes far more pollution, health damage, and accidents than nuclear power.
An article published on June 12, 2013, in The Guardian shows that European coal pollution causes 22,300 premature deaths a year. As of 9/4/2013, there has been a total of 341 coal mining fatalities in the United States alone, which pales in comparison to the 1,384 coal mining fatalities in China which is down significantly from around 7,000 a decade ago.
To bring this into context, there have so far been 0 fatalities tied to the Fukushima and Three Mile Island disasters. The worst case is from Chernobyl, where 56 direct deaths and 4,000 cancer deaths were linked. The second worst nuclear-related fatality case was in 2004 when 4 people were killed and 9 were injured in Japan where a steam explosion occurred.
While the public opinion is against nuclear power, more and more coal power plants open up and pollute the environment more than nuclear power could ever hope to. Nuclear power has already been shown to be cleaner, safer, and more efficient than fossil fuels. Instead of trying to stop nuclear power, we should make it even, cleaner, safer and more efficient than it already is especially as it is currently more viable than clean energy sources like wind and solar.