Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Japanese jitters

Nuclear safety fears after quake according to the BBC. Certainly building a nuclear reactor is an earthquake zone might strike a naive observer as reckless. But then anything that depends on safe confinement for hundreds of thousands of years is reckless. The nuclear industry appears to have a decent safety record over tens of years. Who really thinks they can stretch it to building something that is good for ten thousand times that long? What would it mean to try to prove you could do that? Until there is a compelling answer to that question, I am nervous about increasing our reliance on fission power.

(The building site is in Ottawa.)

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