Here it is, Sunday morning and I’m here with my coffee scanning the news sites catching up on what is happening in Japan with their nuclear issues as the media in my home state is even talking about the radioactive cloud floating over our heads. However what CNN was carrying wasn’t news so much of the status of the nuclear meltdown (which is bothersome in itself) however they were showing images of Japanese citizens protesting the use of nuclear power wanting the government to turn the remaining active plants down.
All of this got me thinking as alright, so the government gives into the demands turning these plants down and now what will they do to replace that power? As what concerns me is people in general are just not getting it as what does the Japanese government or any other government for that matter get out of nuclear energy? Just a headache, as “if” there is a better way, why live with the nightmare of dealing with both the practical and perceptional aspects of this sticky issue?
As there is also no question that nuclear energy comes with its fair share of risks and the “risks” themselves are steep as here we have two plants half way around the world impacting the other side in a measurable way. As if we look back to 1986 on that fateful April day to the Chernobyl incident which occurred in Russia raising the amount of overall global radiation by 3% which in itself is amazing, along with plain scary fact itself.
However we also have to ask the question if it’s better that China is bringing online two coal fired (electric) plants every week using high sulfur coal which will pump the results of its combustion into the atmosphere a better option? Again, life is a zero sum game as if you take something, you must also put something back and that “something” isn’t necessarily a good thing in many cases.
Too least we think this protest is only a Japanese issue, we should think again as if we flip over to Europe one will see that in Germany Angela Merkel the Chancellor has been sent a clear message by the Green Party with a major political victory on her home turf. Here the feeling is that Herne Chancellor has moved to slow in moth balling the German plants which cost her significant political points.
So what’s the answer wind power, solar energy while both interesting neither is capable or cost effective to produce energy at the industrial levels we need to support today’s “powered” lifestyles. In addition each brings with it simply a different set of problems as with wind energy, its damaging the ecosystems in which they were placed killing migratory bird and bats which has artificially increase the insect population, as well as changing wind flows are negatively affect the microclimates. As the world is a zero sum place and if we take from one area, then you must give to another.
As one of the things which is true is that electricity is the primal difference in our economy and life’s as we need it and we will also “need more of it” as time goes as our demand for the electron grows faster than even oil…