Originally Posted by Iblis
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?
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.
It didn't even really "take out" the plant, the tsunami took out the backup generators for the cooling systems. Had they been underground like all modern plants we wouldn't be talking about this. Our methods for nuclear power is essentially 100% safe in modern plants. Every nuclear accident we have had have been in old plants with inferior safety precautions compared to what we build now.