Originally Posted by Kamikaze127
You know, before all of this bad PR I was a big fan of Nuclear energy. Now I'm not so sure, it seems like we treat this technology pretty carelessly.
In the past year, how many coal mining / refinery / oil platform / natural gas line accidents can you think of that caused fatalities?
I can think of 20+.
Can you name one nuclear plant incident in the past fourty years that wasn't Chernobyl (Pretty much intentionally "overclocked" the reactor, they knew it'd happen) that caused fatalities? Or massive irreparable damage to an ecosystem?
I mean, guys. It took the strongest (tied) Earthquake in a century, only a few miles off the coast, plus a tsunami, to take out one plant. Whooptie. Imagine how many other forms of energy infrastructure would've been ****ed. Can you imagine a thirty foot wave hitting an oil rig?
A 9.0 Earthquake hitting a natural gas plant?
Originally Posted by aldfig0
Why would a nuclear power plant use fuel that has a half life of days, let alone seconds?
Are you telling me that they let the fuel rods slip into the water? ;]
Nuclear fission produces MANY very short-lived isotopes and elements. Don't believe the media hype.