You don’t have to be a nuclear scientist to understand that the catastrophe in Japan has provided the world with another critical, “must heed” warning about the perils and, ultimately, lack of viability of nuclear power.
Happily, the blogosphere is well-stocked with thoughtful opinion pieces from smart people about why humans need to end their mostly well-intended but ultimately failed experiment with nuclear power as soon as possible.
Jon Rynn at New Deal 2.0 has a good one. Here’s a particularly insightful passage:
You may see erudite and sophisticated debates about whether wind, nuclear, or coal are more expensive in terms of kilowatts of electricity or kilowatt hours. But these costs can never include the cost of a collapse of a country, region, or entire civilization.
The ultimate irony of nuclear power may be that it is totally dependent on government intervention in the economy, and yet conservative Republicans are its greatest boosters. Because it can destroy whole regions, only the government has the capacity to clean up the mess, not private insurance companies. When it comes to energy, Republicans are hardcore socialists. They advocate for subsidies for fossil fuel companies, for the use of the military to protect oil trading lanes and oil deposits, for insurance for nuclear power, and for research and development for all of them.”
You can read Rynn’s entire article by clicking here.