Jons Jakob Berzelius ( 1779-1848).
In 1828 this fellow discovered Thorium, an abundant natural resource that is 200 more time as powerful as uranium with ABSOLUTELY ZERO POSSIBILITY OF A MELT-DOWN or other catastrophic failure. According to the EPA and CDC common coal is three time more harmful to humans, and the wast of Thorium is one-tenth that of uranium at half the cost. Best of all, no nuclear weapons can be made from Thorium so every country can enjoy nuclear power even Iran without fear.
In fact if Thorium was used in place of Uranium as nuclear fuel, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukishima would not be famous places today. Even the Dupont company recommended in 1959 to the U.S. government that Thorium be designated "as the safest nuclear fule option". Dupont was ignored only because the Pentagon was hell-bent on making nuclear weapons which are only possible with uranium and plutonium.
America has enough Thorium deposits to power the entire world for the next 1,000 years. China, India, and Norway have already switched over to Thorium. Why not America? Before you start screaming "Radiation" educate yourself first at these links, see what MIT has to say and then we can have an intelligent debate based on FACTS and not rumors and deliberate disinformation...