Nuclear power questioned as crisis unfolds in Japan and widespread terror is spawned.

Nuclear-at-NightWASHINGTON, D.C. — The fragile bipartisan consensus that nuclear power offers a big piece of the answer to America’s energy and global warming challenges may have evaporated as quickly as confidence in Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors.

Nuclear power, which still suffers from huge economic uncertainties and local concerns about safety, had been growing in acceptance as what appeared to many to be a relatively benign, proven and nonpolluting source of energy for the United States’ future growth.

But even staunch supporters of nuclear power are now advocating a pause in licensing and building new reactors in the United States to make sure that proper safety and evacuation measures are in place.

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Source: John M. Broder | The New York Times