Okay, now I am really freaking out. But it’s about the international reaction to what is happening here.
People cry out that if nuclear power is not safe in Japan, it is safe nowhere. “Fukushima is everywhere”? No. No, no, and no. There are very few places in the world at risk of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and a subsequent 14m Tsunami. Least of all Germany or Switzerland. What people are forgetting, is that this nuclear power plant didn’t just start acting up on a whim. What they are forgetting here, is that we are talking about a major natural disaster. The kind that cannot be withstood by man. And considering the scope of what happened, the power plants have performed extremely well. The nuclear fission reaction was shut down immediately in all units. And despite the quake being beyond the worst expectations, containment vessels remained intact.
People, do you really want to go back to firing with coal? Just because no excited news speaker informs you of the creeping but evil effects it has on human health and the planet as a whole?
How come that no one called out noisily to end all use of fossil fuels when the gulf oil spill released untold amounts of pollution into the environment last year? How come no one said that, clearly, “fossil fuels cannot be controlled by humans”?
It is an unfortunate fact of history, that nuclear technology has started out with the bomb, a fact that has convinced the world of its apparently inherent evil.
What seems even stranger is that the world seems to have forgotten already that thousands of people have died here a few days ago. Whatever follows at Fukushima Daiichi, its effect will remain several orders of magnitude below what has already happened in Tohoku. Let’s not get confused about the actual disasters.