Does nuclear power represent environmental justice or injustice? The environmental justice movement mirrors the mainstream environmental movement on most traditional environmental issues. The mainstream environmental movement supports environmental justice in theory but is still one of the most segregated sectors in America. Nuclear waste is an ongoing issue for everyone regarding commercial nuclear power. The Department of Energy says a repository in Nevada will not be ready until 2017. There is an environmental justice history with nuclear power and the Black community will have a role in the future development of this technology.
Although not monolithic, what position will the Black community take on nuclear power? Barack Obama is running for president; what position will he take? Rev Al Sharpton will probably run for president again. What is his position? What about Rev Jesse Jackson and other voices in the community? Maybe African American opinions on this issue will just be ignored.