Gibbons changes Yucca stance. Twice

At a debate among Repubican candidates for governor last week, Gov. Jim Gibbons switched his stance on nuclear waste storage twice in as many minutes. After the candidates were asked their positions on the proposed federal waste dump at Yucca Mountain, candidate Brian Sandoval said he continues to oppose it and was booed by some audience members.

Gibbons then said he believed nuclear waste can be transported safely and that “I can tell you, you can store it safely”—in both cases undermining his own administration’s legal arguments. His switch was startling enough that debate moderator Sam Shad asked him directly for his position on the dump, and Gibbons then backed up and said he supported shutting the Yucca facility down.