For all the nay-saying about high risks associated with nuclear power, I have but one question. Should we prohibit the use of Fire? Every year hundreds of thousands of people are injured or killed by FIRE. Should we prohibit Fire?
In our modern, 7 billion person world, nuclear power is EVERY BIT as necessary as Fire. We can not sustain much less grow unless we start, RIGHT NOW, to exploit nuclear power.
Japan is going to teach us something about nuclear power. The biggest and the most important difference between Chernobyl and the the Dai-Ichi nuclear plant is not the magnitude of the radiation, but the price of real-estate. In Chernobyl the failing Soviet economy found it cheaper to abandon the site as opposed to redevelop it. Japan will not have that option. The cost of real-estate is Japan is much higher and thus there will be remedial efforts made to abate and dispose of the toxic waste. That will be a good thing. The reports that Chernobyl, while drawing tourist toady, will not be able to safely support life as we know it for 3,000 years is economic, not a physical limitation.
We need to learn to handle Nuclear Power much like we currently have learned to safely handle FIRE. I can only imagine the trouble the first cave person had when he tried to bring fire into the cave for the first time.
We need to get past OUR IRRATIONAL fear nuclear power. The so called GREEN energy alternatives, solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal maybe generate some energy, but we will out strip that capacity before we fully integrate it.
It takes for example a million kilowatts to great one wind mill that may over its lifetime generate 4-3 million watts, that seems like a plus. But in actuality our needs are growing beyond that. We need to excesses of nuclear power to sustain our growth.
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Marie Curie (1867 – 1934 Polish and naturalized-French TWO TIME Nobel Prize Winning physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity.)
We need to start to think outside the box… "Fire in the Cave and Nuclear Power in the Modern World"
Thanks in advance,
"Time is of the essence"
David G. Jeep
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