years ago, before the first reactor was built, we chose a reactor
design optimized to produce radioactive waste because, in the hot
isotopes that poured out of the atomic "piles" were
isotopes of plutonium, needed for the Nagasaki A-bomb and the 60,000
followed. Now civic society wants
to get electric power from these reactors, not plutonium and all its
radioactive relatives that make the spent fuel unusable ever again, and
impossible to store.
It is time for this industry to turn the page.
The entire nuclear reactor fleet must go. Scrap them all. 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, go to
try again in the morning. Why should you learn this? Because they will lie to you now, they will lie to
you tomorrow, and, after the meltdown, they will tell you everything is
safe. This is the best I could do to help you protect
yourself. You know the author. Just write him, firstname.lastname@example.org, with your own ideas for simpler conclusions that the text should make.
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."
Dept. Mathematics (retired)