Media hype goes before truth at Japan’s Nuclear Reactors site

March 17, 2011

At a time when nuclear energy is gaining in popularity world-wide — 65 nuclear reactors are under construction worldwide — will the aftermath of Japan’s most powerful earthquake in history (9.0-magnitude earthquake triggering a tsunami) on March 11 create fear of nuclear energy as a power source similar to what occurred after Chernobyl in Ukraine in 1986 and Three Mile Island south of Harrisburg on March 28,1979.

Although the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident is described as the world’s worst civilian nuclear disaster and was a tragedy for the people it affected, it also afforded an opportunity to learn from the tragic event. Many individuals who received high doses of radiation that should have resulted in death are doing fine after 25 years. Likewise, many of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are also doing quite well, despite receiving supposedly harmful doses 65 years ago.

At the Three Mile Island nuclear generating station, the most significant accident in U.S. commercial nuclear energy, its TMI-2 unit suffered a partial meltdown but there were no deaths or injuries to plant workers or members of nearby communities.

Unlike at Chernobyl, where radioactive clouds spewed out when it exploded in 1986, the Dailchi 1 reactor north of Tokyo expelled only a small amount of radiation as a measure to ensure its stability. It is true that high doses can be deadly, but fear-mongers have for many years been telling the public to worry about doses which do not reach the fatal level. In fact, low doses of atomic radiation are a natural part of the earthly environment.

All total Japan has 55 nuclear reactors. They are designed to work at a high seismic zone. What happened was an event by Mother Nature that was beyond the imagined impact the plants were designed to withstand.

Given the media hype of impending global doom and gloom being expressed in the Tribune over several nuclear power plants that are having some difficulty providing post-shutdown cooling, it is not surprising that anti-nuclear activists see their chance to step forward with longstanding agendas to influence public opinion against a form of energy that is reliable, clean, green, safe and gives the biggest bang for the buck!

Not to be forgotten is that nuclear systems are designed to be strong and resilient; operators have many options to ensure that the public does not get exposed to a dose of radiation that will cause negative health effects.

Oil has already fallen out of favor as an energy source with environmentalists, global warming proponents and with the current administration, whose Environmental Protection Agency has falsely declared oil and coal as pollutants (emitters of life-giving CO2) and contributors to global warming.

It is a pipe dream to believe that wind and solar will ever produce mass amounts of energy. Without substantial government subsidies there would be little incentive to invest in either.

Nuclear power represents a wave into the future. This nation must catch the wave by building nuclear plants without delay, and saving two Nuclear-powered safe, environmentally clean, lowest cost, seismically approved electricity generating plants in Zion, Illinois, or face frequent blackouts because America did not have the foresight to keep pace with its energy needs.


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