Sunday, January 29, 2012

Asia’s Nuclear Cloud

The nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima plant on March 11th 2011 has inspired a new wind to blow concerning the nuclear power industry in Asia.

 Nuclear power still has a strong base of support within the region, but mixed public opinion might be indicating a moments reconsideration of nuclear energy within the region.

I believe what we are experiencing is typical post-disaster blowback. Nuclear energy has been hailed as a safe source of energy throughout much of the world.

Enter the disaster at the Fukushima plant where a massive earthquake led to a catastrophic failure at the nuclear plant. Nature will always find a way to out duel the best in human ingenuity, that’s just the way it is.

I am fully onboard with governments in Asia reassessing the role of nuclear power in their states. No one wants to wake up one morning and see thousands of people washed away and nuclear plant workers marching off to sacrifice themselves for the good of the homeland.

 Before nuclear power is jettisoned though, governments need to ask themselves two questions: Are there safer alternatives that are ready to provide energy? Secondly, is there any way to make nuclear energy safer?

Fukushima was a once in a lifetime human catastrophe, does it mean the end for nuclear energy?

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