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The illogical belief that Nature cannot destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!
I used to live about a hundred or so feet from a reactor. I was exposed to more radiation from an X-ray last week then the whole time i was living there.
It is time to come to grips with the fact that nuclear energy is safe and the only way to reduce our dependance on not only dwindling world wide oil supplies, but competition for these supplies which is only going to continue to drive the price of fossil fuel and products higher. No other source of energy, renewable or otherwise, can compete with the output of a nucleur power plant.
The safety record for nuclear power plants in our country is outstanding. Let us remember that Three Mile Island worked as advertised. Despite a meltdown and all the errors leading up to it, no radiation escaped because it was contained as designed then and now in the containment building. Chernobyl was only a disaster for one simple reason (in addition to poor if not primitive design) - it had no containment building.
Nuclear reactors have safely been powering large US navel vessels and submarines since the late 1960's. Despite being in a harsh environment, on a mobile and often turbulent platform none have blown up or leaked radiation. Nor have sailors, basically living on top and literally next to shipboard reactors, come down with radiation related illnesses.
Of the six nuclear submarines that have sunk (2 USA - Thresher & Scorpion, 4 Soviet) all were a result of an accident not related to their nuclear power plants. From all accounts, there has been no detectable radiation leaking from any of these wrecks, even those whose hulls were crushed to enormous sea pressure. The unexpected torpedo room explosion on the Russian sub Kursk sent it to the bottom immediately but her reactors shutdown automatically, despite massive damage and fire on board.
The silver bullet is the power of the atom. The record speaks for itself. It is time to put the hysteria and fears behind us and embrace nuclear power but with strong oversight on technological and safety standards. I would have no problem living next to a nuclear power plant. That is a lot less dangerous than living next to a chemical plant, an oil refinery, toxic dump or a coal burning power plant.
There won't be enough wind, solar, or whatever to provide the demand for electrical, especially if the US decides to become manufacturing again. Coal, gas, and other things we burn pollute the air 100 times more than nukes.
I doubt that any of you that are commenting have never seen the inside of a nuke and how the core is protected. Comparing our nukes to nukes in Russia or Japan is a joke. They don't care if it kills people. Look how they rape the seas and other natural resources.
You people that don't like nuclear power should turn your lights off, heat off, and cooling off and eat your fish in the dark as I have said below because you are trying to comment on something you know nothing about.