Despite Fukushima, Nuclear Power Still Reigns Supreme

April 25, 2011

Friday, April 22nd, was Earth Day and also a religious a day for Christians all over the world.  As religious expression is personal in nature I wish to expand upon the concept of Earth Day, whose purpose since conceived in 1970 has gone from environmental education to environmental activism.  Earth Day, 2011, has become a  ”Green” movement to save the planet from Global Warming, man made and otherwise.

The flavor of the day is to vilify energy sources derived from fossil fuels.  The Chicago Tribune on April 22nd reported a controversy over the regulation of two so-called pollution-spewing, coal-fired power plants owned by Midwest Generation in Pilsen and the Little Village.

But where does the “Green” movement stand on Nuclear Energy, which is clean, safe, gives the biggest bang for the buck and which has been used since the time of Admiral Rickover in the Navy to power submarines, aircraft carriers and destroyers without incident.

To the credit of the Chicago Tribune, it’s editorial on Wednesday, April 20, After Fukushima, centered on the future of this nation’s nuclear industry after Fukushima without giving a thumbs down to the Nuclear Energy industry.

Fear mongering has become intense since the March incident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Complex, when in Japan the reactors were destabilized when a powerful earthquake and a 30-foot tsunami wave destroyed the backup reactor electric suppliers.  It would be economic suicide for the American people to become skeptics of Nuclear Power because of Fukushima.

One Uranium Fuel Pellet generates about as much energy as 3 barrels of oil (41 gallons each). 2 ton of coal, or 17,000 cubic feet of natural gas.

Irresponsible of legislators here in IL is their acceptance of the Dual Zion Nuclear Plant decommissioning without questioning the logic behind its destruction (a 2,000 megawatt facility), which, before shut down in 1998, neither spewed radioactive particles into the air, nor leaked radioactive particles into Lake Michigan.

Increasing future energy needs can not be met through wind and solar power.  They are not viable mass sources of energy.

State and federal decision-makers of today will reap the post-mortem blame if they fail to act decisively.  The moratorium against building new nuclear power plants in IL must be lifted

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