Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rethinking Nuclear Power - A Really Bad Idea

I have never been a fan of nuclear power except when I was a child and the government was boasting the the Atomic Power Plant would make electricity so cheap it wouldn't pay to meter it.  Sounded too good to be true then, and it was.

Nuclear has proven to be expensive and very dangerous.  Three Mile Island and Chernobyl were the tips of the nuclear iceberg.  The massive amounts of radioactive waste and the continuing safety problems make this kind of power generation a fools bargain.  Want proof?

Look at Fukushima in Japan.  After the massive tsunami the plant was damaged we were told, but now the extent of that damage looks much worse than anyone was lead to believe.  Three reactors went into full melt down, their nuclear cores melting through the bottom of the containment vessel and into the ground.  The are still hot, reacting and not under control.

This interview with theoretical physicist Michio Kaku should send shivers up your spine because what he says is all too true.

Meanwhile the US Senate has decided to at long last investigate the aging US power plants that should have been decommissioned long ago.  According to an article in Huffington Post: "Of the plants were licensed for 40 years, 66 of 104 reactors have been re-licensed for another two decades. Safety regulators at the NRC have never denied a request."

Our Friend the Atom?

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