Nuclear Power Is Good (?)

March 24, 2011

I am conflicted.

This is an issue that evokes all the worst-case ‘what if?’ syndromes. What if a nuclear power plant exploded close to an urban area? What about the incredibly long-term consequences of nuclear contamination in an environment?

And yet, I am aware of the arguments that make nuclear power a sensible (?) choice.

George Monbiot has written extremely well on this topic. I refer you to his latest post / here /. Be sure to check out the references.

I have seen several graphics on the topic of comparative safety of power generation; I like / this / one. Very simple. Very clear. Accompanying another good article.

The multiple layers of human and environmental cost from coal power plants are horrifying.

If I have to make a statement of personal opinion, I would say spread things out as much as possible. Go green wherever you can. Governments should heavily subsidize research and development of cheap and efficient solar, wind, wave, geo-thermal, and hydro-  electric generation. Where those sources cannot generate enough power to meet the need, perhaps nuclear is the best option. But keep looking!

P.S. The (?) seems to be my code for rampant indecision.

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