Safe, clean, reliable … and now proven

James Delingpole, at his best:

One minute, the world is facing nuclear meltdown armageddon to rank with – ooh, Three Mile Island at the very least, and quite possibly Chernobyl. A few (shockingly expensive) missile strikes over Benghazi and Tripoli later, though, and the Japanese nuclear crisis has all but vanished from the face of the earth.

Maybe we should start small wars more often. Or maybe – even better – the MSM could learn to start reporting on nuclear incidents like journalists instead of activists from Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.

It’s a great read, full of great links. Read it all and then read them all.

Incidentally, after all I’ve heard about the Fukushima nuclear incidents — the hype, the drama, the out-and-out bullshit masquerading as technological commentary — I find myself, ironically,  more convinced in the idea that nuclear power is the best form of energy out there. This goes especially for the latest generation of reactors, if we could only get them built.

Nuclear power is safe, it is reliable, it is clean. For crying out loud, the plants were the only thing that actually survived a 9.0 earthquake and ensuing tsunami. If it weren’t for a rotten placement of the backup generators, we wouldn’t be giving the reactors a second thought today.

Bob McDonald has more here in this must-read:

This is only the third major nuclear accident in more than 65 years of nuclear power. No lives were lost at Three Mile Island, and no nuclear fuel was released into the environment, even though that accident involved a core meltdown. The Chornobyl accident is the only one that involved loss of life, but it was caused by human error, not a flaw in the reactor.

By comparison, thousands lose their lives every year from the fossil fuel industry: coal mining, coal combustion, oil rig explosions such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico, drilling accidents, gas pipeline explosions, refinery fires, tanker accidents; not to mention the environmental impact of emissions from all those smoke stacks and tail pipes.

Yet we condemn nuclear power while accepting the much more dangerous, dirty and limited fossil fuels.

I have never been more proud to work in the nuclear industry.

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