H/T Dad 29
Energy is National Security. These clowns have been talking out of both sides of their mouths for decades. They claim they want clean (carbon-free) energy, but kill the largest source.
Spent nuclear fuel can be safely reprocessed. Japan and (surprise) France have been doing it for years. The US had a completed reprocessing plant ready for operation in 1980 and then-President Jimmy Carter, in his infinite wisdom, closed it by executive order. "Nookyer Periferation" (and they said Bush sounded like an idiot). Very little of the fuel is actually used in a fuel assembly. Not only that, but other fissile isotopes are created (the feared and evil Plutonium main among them). By reprocessing, the longest lived (and less hazardous) isotopes are taken from the waste stream, while the shorter are allowed to decay away. Relatively little remains for disposal.
This is an end-run to prevent licensing of new reactors currently before NRC. While the Left thought they saw insidiousness in the Bush administration, this is what it really looks like. Destroy the wealth, destroy energy security, destroy the nation.