Apart from drawing considerable satisfaction from the thoughtful exchanges below on nuclear power and the Japanese Tsunami I am struck by how different (and better) the debate is then it would have been some years ago. The people and the media in Japan are handling this much better than the media here where even the BBC had one TV journalist yesterday saying “…now they face the horror of a silent killer…” and staring into the camera as though he was playing the lead role in a horror movie! This is tabloid headlines at their worst. As Jonathan points out in his comment on my last post ‘nobody has been killed’. That doesn’t mean there aren’t problems with nuclear power but it does suggest they are manageable – and it is a lot safer than coal mining especially if you take the carbon emissions into account. It is also true that fusion power holds out even safer long term potential then the current fission power stations.
Good for this blog holding up the banner of science – read the comments below is you are prepared to be persuaded! http://lordsoftheblog.net/2011/03/14/nuclear-power/#comments