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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tilting at nuclear windmills

The disaster unfolding in Japan should hopefully put to rest once and for all the idea that nuclear power is "clean, safe, too cheap to meter." So why am I not hopeful?

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that the "drill baby drill "crowd has already forgotten the lessons of BP and is calling for renewed domestic drilling as a solution to spiking oil prices (although Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski seems to be omitting her home state from the list, thankfully if somewhat hypocritically).

Nor am I real hopeful about the future of wind power given all the opposition stirred up to the Cape Wind project, some of it backed by the Koch brothers.

Let's face it, all forms of energy generation have safety issues (San Bruno, CA, anyone?) But none has the potential to injure or kill quite as many people as "our friend" the atom.

And despite that, we continue to build or support reactors -- from Japan to Vermont or Plymouth -- that just aren't up to the task from the smallest leak to handling what appears to be the worst case scenario playing out before our eyes.

Fukushima Daiichi is destined to join Three Mile Island and Chernobyl as symbols of why we should not be reliant on one of the most destructive forces known to humanity to light and heat our homes.

Let's hope our leaders are watching the same images.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous JonFrum said...

"Nor am I real hopeful about the future of wind power given all the opposition stirred up to the Cape Wind project, some of it backed by the Koch brothers."


And the Kennedy family? Funny you left them out. More people are killed by wind turbines than nuclear plants. Three Mile Island didn't give a single soul a cold. But let's not let the facts get in the way.

March 13, 2011 9:16 PM  

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