The disaster with the nuclear power plants in Japan has rekindled some old fears about radiation, especially for those of us raised during a time when our own radiation by nuclear bomb was a very real possibility. If you have questions about the dangers of radiation poisoning, I suggest you google the words “Hiroshima”, “Nagasaki”, or “Chernobyl”.
Generating nuclear power has at least a possibility for disastrous accidents, plus the plants produce waste that is difficult to safely move and store. These plants generate 20% of our electricity in the U.S.
We have 104 nuclear power plants in the United States … including one in Kansas … and they’ve got a good safety record. They’d darned well better have a good safety record!
At one time, nuclear power was seen as possibly an even bigger source of power in the U.S., but Americans have expressed apprehension time and again about the plants’ safety. This catastrophe in Japan renews all the arguments against constructing more nuke plants on our soil.
A meltdown in the U.S. is not an option.
Our thought for today is from Robert Frost:
“There’s nothing I’m afraid of like scared people.”