The tragic events in Japan reveal a remarkably stoic people who are much closer to dramatic natural disasters then I hope we shall ever be but I hope the nuclear issue does not lead to another attempt to stop the development of nuclear power in the UK.
If we had a smaller world population it might be possible to provide the standard of living people expect without the use of nuclear but in my view it is essential if we are to avoid the increase in global warming that would result in even greater use of fossil fuels. Nuclear power is a medium term solution while we await the development of more efficient and reliable renewablews. I recall the green campaign that stopped planning for more modern nuclear power in the UK with the result that we are now trying to catch up in order to avoid power failures in the future and excessive reliance on fossil fuels.
It is also important to note that the power stations in trouble in Japan are old designs without some of the new safety controls. For the Japanese power stations to have resisted such a cataclysmic event without a Chernobyl disaster is an indication of what can be done with modern engineering and science.