Why the Japanese Nuclear Disaster Scares the You Know What Outta Me
I'm not irrational.
I'm not an alarmist.
I'm not uneducated.
I'm not against nuclear power.
I'm against countries wielding nuclear fuel rods in half-assed facilities without proper plans to deal with an emergency that will eventually occur. Even here in the United States, where I am from, we've had "issues."
Three Mile Island - March 28, 1979 - A stuck valve caused the partial meltdown of the nuclear core.
Tennessee Valley Authority's Sequoyah I plant - February 11, 1981 - An undertrained tech opened a valve at the plant which caused the contamination of eight men and 110,000 gallons of water.
Rochester Gas & Electric Company - January 25, 1982 - A steam generator pipe burst, causing 15,000 gallons of radioactive coolant to leak and radioactive steam to release into the atmosphere.
I could go on. I understand nuclear power is integral to much of the world's energy needs. And, for the most part, I believe we are perfectly safe. Nobody intends to unleash a hellstorm of nuclear radiation into the world to kill people, deform babies and cause cancers.
But, intentions aren't good enough. In most cases, I believe there are safeguards properly put into place across the globe regarding the supposed safety of nuclear plants. But, maybe that's just me being an optimist.
What scares the hell out of me are those countries where, let's put it mildy, can barely maintain their own basic infrastructure, let alone be able to prevent a nuclear meltdown and furthermore, be able to respond properly to a nuclear emergency.
Wake up to the facts:
- There are 31 countries across the globe with nuclear reactors. Are you telling me Armenia, China, Mexico, Pakistan, and even Russia and the Ukraine can properly maintain reactors and properly respond to a major nuclear crisis?
- Russia, a massive country, already proved that they were woefully unable to maintain proper facilities.
- For crying out loud, they can't maintain a road properly! But they have nuclear reactors all over the countryside.
- It won't affect the rest of the world. Really? Then why, in Massachusetts do we have radiation from thousands of miles away in our rainwater? I get it.. It's a miniscule amount. It's still too damn much.