years ago, before the first reactor was built, we chose a reactor
design optimized to produce radioactive waste because, among the new
isotopes was the plutonium need for the Nagasaki A-bomb and the 60,000 warheads which
followed. Now civic society wants
electric power. It is time for this industry to turn the page.
The entire nuclear reactor fleet must go. Scrap them all and start over. It is the wrong
NOTE: This is a tough article. It reviews a lot of biology, physics and nuclear power technology. If it gives you a
headache, take 2 aspirin. If you are bored and tired, go to sleep and
try again tomorrow. If you can't understand something, write the
author at jerry-va atremovethistext speakeasy dot net
REVIEW -- AMAZING
ESSAY ON NUCLEAR POWER
Jerry Nelson holds a doctorate in psychology, so he's not an "expert"
on any of these, but he clearly is smart and has studied them deeply,
and he writes with flare. He acknowledges at the beginning that
the essay is hard going and recommends keeping an aspirin nearby.
My antidote was to stretch out the reading over many days; there is
just so much of this I can stomach at once. His whimsical style
helps - greatly.
sentiments are why you might consider reading this provocative, very
informative essay. "We are - you, me, all of us - members of the
most technologically advanced civilization in history. We must
either understand the technology or lose the civilization."
Montclair State University
Dept. Mathematics (retired)