Apocalypse Not

Posted: March 21, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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apocalypse notThe Libyan no-fly zone effort has obliterated the Japanese earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear powerplant news.  Welcome to short attention span theater (did I already say that?).

Ah, but how about the safety of nuclear power?  (Queue sarcasm font) Will the dangers of nuclear power mean the Iranians will be the only nation with nuclear power, or might it also include Pakistan?

From the Telegraph:

Nuclear fatalities in the last ten years: 7

Wind farm fatalities in the last ten years: 44.

In those ten years nuclear provided thirty times the energy of wind. This means in the last decade, nuclear has been around 200 times safer than wind on an energy produced/accidents basis.

And this from The Register:

The Fukushima reactors actually came through the quake with flying colours despite the fact that it was five times stronger than they had been built to withstand. Only with the following tsunami – again, bigger than the design allowed for – did problems develop, and these problems seem likely to end in insignificant consequences. The Nos 1, 2 and 3 reactors at Daiichi may never produce power again – though this is not certain – but the likelihood is that Nos 4, 5 and 6 will return to service behind a bigger tsunami barrier.

The lesson to learn here is that if your country is hit by a monster earthquake and tsunami, one of the safest places to be is at the local nuclear powerplant. Other Japanese nuclear powerplants in the quake-stricken area, in fact, are sheltering homeless refugees in their buildings – which are some of the few in the region left standing at all, let alone with heating, water and other amenities.

Those nations who move away from nuclear power are making a move towards a totally different lifestyle and culture: sustenance farming and hunting and gathering.

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