Boy! Those Nuclear Power Plants Sure Are Safe!on October 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm
And nothing bad ever happens! Anyone who says otherwise just doesn’t understand the science! Nuclear power is the future! People who argue against it are just ignorant!
Oh, I’m sorry, I had my nuclear apologist hat on.
Here’s the reality:
FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Reuters)Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano confirmed on Saturday there has been an explosion and radiation leakage at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s (TEPCO) (9501.T) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
“We are looking into the cause and the situation and we’ll make that public when we have further information,” Edano said.
“At present, we think 10 km evacuation is appropriate.”
Japan earlier in the day warned of a meltdown at a reactor at the plant, damaged when a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the northeast coast, but said the risk of radiation contamination was small.
Edano also said that Japan has expanded the evacuation area around the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant. (Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Joseph Radford)
We don’t currently have the technology to deal with this problem in much the same way the oil companies can’t deal with a blowout at the bottom of the Arctic. So if Fukushima goes into full meltdown, that’s it. Goodbye North East Japan for a few centuries. The consequences for the West Coast of the United States are just as unthinkable.
But hey! If you understand the science, nuclear power is totally safe! Unless a natural disaster strikes. Or the construction is botched. Or the power company ignores safety regulations. Or terrorists attack.
But that’s just me, being an anti-science alarmist. I’m sure the people who will explain to me why I’m wrong about nuclear power will be happy to fly to Japan and oversee the clean-up. It’s totally safe, right? Right?