The 'Nuclear Renaissance' and Fukushima

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As Japan struggles to get its Fukushima reactors under control, Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will phase out nuclear power. Should the US do the same thing? How safe are existing nuclear plants? Are new ones needed to cope with climate change? Do the make sense economically? Also, criticism over his handling of Libya greets President Obama on his return to the capital, and the air traffic controller who fell asleep.

Banner image: The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has calculated that the US nuclear plant with the greatest risk of being struck by an earthquake is Indian Point, located 24 miles north of New York City. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images