The french are very liberal. They are the most liberal, in the entire continent. So thank liberalism for that. Environmentalists have been fighting the use of coal since the early industrial age in the UK. Remember literature that came out around that time talking about black rain. They were originally afraid of a Chernobyl like event would take place during the early developemental stages of nuclear power. That was back before the modern failsafes that are found in todays nuclear power plants. So yes, early on nuclear power wasn't as advanced or safe as it is today thanks to technology progressing. Alot of technology has come out since 1970. You also must not understand what drilling for oil does to the environment. If you are using well water in the area it suddenly has tasty crude oil in it.:shadedshu Also drilling for oil on the continental shelf destroys the entire local ecosystem with crude oil which poisons all plant life and animal life. I don't pull my scientific information from hollywood movies. Liberals like myself know alot about ecology from these cool things called books and scientific journals.