You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You will be surprised to hear how they have changed it. As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology.
A crappy old plant with inadequate safety features was hit by a monster earthquake and a vast tsunami. The electricity supply failed, knocking out the cooling system. The reactors began to explode and melt down. The disaster exposed a familiar legacy of poor design and corner-cutting. Yet, as far as we know, no one has yet received a lethal dose of radiation.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is George Monbiot.
It gets better too.
Deep green energy production – decentralised, based on the products of the land – is far more damaging to humanity than nuclear meltdown.
Yup. Fully converted. Nuclear ain\’t great, but as with democracy, it\’s the least bad option out there. And as he points out, as I\’ve been saying since the tsunami actually hit. What Fukushima shows us is how safe nuclear actually is.
BTW, a little birdie has told me that if you\’ve got a decent plan about thorium based plants, you might get a decent reception at 3i. Just a little tip you understand.