Saturday, March 12, 2011

Extenuating Circumstances

If you haven't heard about the issue of those nuclear power plants in Japan possibly going into meltdown, just let the French Green Party explain it to you:
"It's clear that when there's a significant natural disaster, all the so-called safety measures fail in a country with the highest level of technical know-how," Cecile Duflot, head of the green Europe Ecologie-Les Verts party, told Reuters.

"The nuclear risk is not a risk that can really be controlled."
French anti-nuclear network "Sortir du nucleaire" described Japan's stricken nuclear plant as a "new Chernobyl."

"This is indeed a very serious nuclear accident that is currently taking place in Japan, of a severity comparable to that of Three Mile Island and that of Chernobyl, which took place just about 25 years ago," the group said in a statement.
It's tough to explain just how wrong these people are. I mean, just consider the fact that they had a tsunami and 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit - there's no safety guarantees for any form of anything when that happens, which thankfully, it isn't something that happens often. How can these people claim nuclear energy is now a clear and present danger to everyone, especially those in France where earthquakes are about as common as sensible political realities.

Not only that, I would think the Japanese have kept a pretty good lid on this, at least in terms of being able to contain the fallout, which is now apparently decreasing and all major issues are starting to pass. And note that no one with a brain and a sense of what Chernobyl or Three Mile Island actually was - human error and poor regulation - actually compares the situation to Japan's reactors.

But, hey, don't let logic and the truth stop you from scoring a point or two.

1 comment:

  1. But the whole point about the safety factor of nuclear reactors is that most people realize they can be operated safely unless something like this happens. Therefore should nuclear safety not be designed for worst case scenarios.