Tilting at Windmills

November/ December 2011 The danger of doing nothing

By Charles Peters

“Imagine a football field packed 20 feet high with highly radioactive nuclear waste,” as Mark Moremond of the Wall Street Journal recently asked his readers to do. That, he explains, is the amount of nuclear waste sitting around at various sites in this country. The bad news is that nothing is being done about it. There is no good news.

Charles Peters is the founding editor of the Washington Monthly and the author of a new book on Lyndon B. Johnson published by Times Books.