There is an incredible amount of misinformation and hyperbole flying around the internet and media right now about the Fukushima nuclear reactor situation. What is needed, in my humble opinion, is a simple, easy to understand, explanation of nuclear reactors and how they can be safely constructed and protected (from, ah, earthquakes!!).
Here is a wonderful (but long) explanation of those nuclear plants in Japan…& why there really isn’t much danger: http://is.gd/WRag7L
These plants, as most nuclear plants today, are constructed to withstand incredible disasters…including earthquakes. The Japanese plants were built to withstand what was considered to be an extreme earthquake at 8.2. The good news is that they survived what is now being called a 9.0 earthquake. Ok…the cooling systems and backups failed, and what happened next is happening as predicted and…amazingly…is not as life-threatening nor dangerous to life as the evening news is forecasting. Here is an article, along with links to other articles, that explains, in layman’s terms, how these plants are constructed, and what is really happening.
After reading and studying this article, I agree…you will know more about today’s nuclear reactors than most news reporters seem to understand. (Check out the links at the end of the article for further information.)
Obviously, I am pro-nuclear. I happen to think this is a great way to produce power in today’s world. It has been a grave mistake for our nation to allow “extremists” (yes, I consider them extremists) to bring to a halt our progress with nuclear power. I happen to think there are terrific safeguards available today, and it is possible to provide nuclear power in safe ways. But then…this is one person’s opinion, and I’m welcome to it.
Now…if we can just get past the hyperbole and misinformation…perhaps the facts will begin to speak for themselves. Maybe…