L-188, that story is insane! I don't know what to say, if everything happened the way your summary described it, it's a near-perfect example of people going berserk.
Slider, ask the people around Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and all those nuclear test ranges (best examples found in the former USSR
and in China) what they think about the severe environmental problems caused by both civil and military applications of nuclear technology.
"Dig a hole in Yucca Mtn, Nevada and sock the waste away in there. Done."
We're talking tens of thousands of years here, so no one knows what might happen to that mountain. And if the nuclear waste gets exposed, people will witness a nice fat ecological disaster making what the area around Yucca Mountain may then be uninhabitable.
"People need to [...] realize that nuclear energy is THE absolute best hope for the world to have uninterrupted, clean, efficient power."
Again, how about Chernobyl and Three Mile Island? It takes only a bit of mismanagement to unleash a nuclear inferno.
Of course we need to put the nuclear waste we already
have somewhere, and NIMBY attitudes won't get anyone any further, but we also need to reduce the amount of nuclear waste we will produce in the future. The best case scenario would of course be shutting down all nuclear plants right now and burying the remaining waste/fuel as safe as we can, but of course there isn't a way this can be done. What Greenpeace does is attracting attention to the problems of nuclear technology and causing the nuclear industry and its lobby some trouble. That's very important in my book.
I'd rather accept having to use less energy than put up with loads of nuclear waste in the future.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.