Monday, March 14, 2011

Oh, that's alright then

Crass headline for the day: NZ safe from nuclear fallout, says expert.

Leaving aside the fact that anyone old enough to be reading the news who imagines we're downwind of Japan isn't really worth keeping alive anyway, are we meant to feel reassured that it's only the people living in the region who might need to start carrying Geiger counters round with them? Maybe, just maybe, this isn't all about us?

The crass headline can't be chalked up to the expert involved, but this can: "The unfolding drama in Japan showed the dangers of nuclear power, she said." Well, yes. Yes, it does. Just like the Banqiao dam breach showed the dangers of hydro power. The generation of energy in industrial-strength quantities necessarily involves dangers - you can minimise the risks, but if you want no risk whatsoever you're going to have to do without electricity. One anticipates a shortage of volunteers in Japan or anywhere else.

7 comments:

Gooner said...

And every driving fatality shows the risks of driving on our highways.

Idjit.

Shotover said...

Useful explanation that many will not like

http://bravenewclimate.com/2011/03/13/fukushima-simple-explanation/

Mark said...

Particulary when you have to provide baseload, compared to burning fossil fuels for peak load.

Inventory2 said...

At least, with repairs, Christchurch homes and businesses will get their power back. The capacity to provide power to millions of Japanese has been affected by these plant failures. That is going to be a huge hindrance to the recover effort, especially given that the tempartures in northern Japan are still pretty frigid.

Anonymous said...

I love your NEW green skin tinge, how is the nuke power station going,running normaly

Anonymous said...

http://theenergycollective.com/barrybrook/53461/fukushima-nuclear-accident-simple-and-accurate-explanation
is a post in laymans terms to allow us non nuclear scientists to put aside the bollocks being forcefed from the News networks.
The risks are transient and lasted minutes.

libertyscott said...

Beaten by the idiots who blame the earthquake on oil extraction removing the glue that keeps the earth together.