With yesterday’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami, many of Japan‘s nuclear power plants are failing. There is a possibility that the Fukushima No. 1 power plant may have a meltdown similar to Chernobyl or Three Mile Island. Everyone agrees that this is bad.
Every time we have a nuclear power plant fail(luckily this doesn’t happen too often!), people start to question the safety of nuclear energy. The environmental movement is split on whether it is cleaner energy than other more crude power plants, like coal. How much of a debate is going on is beyond me, but I am one person that is FREAKED OUT about nuclear energy.
I heard on the news this morning that if there was a radiation cloud released from Fukushima may pose a danger to us on the west coast of North America as the radiation is moved across the Pacific along the Jet Stream. When a power plant completely on the other side of the earth poses a risk to people, is the technology worth it? Who decides what human cost is OK in order for us to power our TVs, computers, Neon signs, etc…
Is wind power, wave power, or some other energy source progressing fast enough to not need nuclear power one day?
What are your thoughts on Nuclear power? Is it a good thing despite the risks?
- inothernews: Smoke rises from the Fukushima nuclear power plant… (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Japan Tries to Cool Unstable Reactor, Avert ‘Three Mile Island’ (businessweek.com)
- German nuclear dispute sharpened by Japan mishap (sfgate.com)
- French greens call for end to nuclear energy – Reuters (news.google.com)
- Three Mile Island, Chernobyl among worst nuclear disasters (boston.com)