Hey folks hope your doing well today. I am a bit conflicted as I really wanted to continue my segment on Thailand solar power, however it would be a bit irresponsible of me to ignore the horrible nuclear disaster that is happening in Japan. So stay tuned for further posts about Thailand’s emerging solar power industry.
I feel for the Japanese, I really do, but nuclear travety’s have happened before with 3-mile island and Chernobyl, and it was just a matter of time till it happened again. Nuclear has and will play a huge role in moving the human race into this modern era, nobody is contesting that, however their have always been warning’s and fear that revolve around nuclear energy generation and for good reasons. Radioactive waste that is created from the energy generation will be around for a long, long time. This radio active waste remains so hot that if not treated properly it will burn straight into the earth. A meltdown itself is a loose term that pretty much means that the nuclear reactors core has partially or completely collapsed from one or more nuclear fuels element exceeding it’s melting point.
This is what we are witnessing now in Japan, the cooling systems have been compromised and the pools where spent nuclear fuels are kept in order to keep their temperature at below melting point are drying up because of the intense heat that is being put by the spent rods, this is why you may have seen on the news that the Japanese have been trying to flood the reactors with salt water from helicopters and the US have brought in gigantic water pumps.
Even if these extremely brave men and women, who have pretty much signed a death contract as they will die from radiation poison, are able to save the reactors from complete melt down the effects of nuclear radiation have already passed into the soil, water, animals, and sea. The devastation of this incident will be felt for generations to come.
So what really annoys me about this whole situation is the stance that America is taking on defending nuclear power. Look after everything we’ve been through in the nuclear age, nobody in their right mind would be able to say nuclear energy generation is safe, that would be purely absurd, right? Well that’s what we’re being told at this very moment. Look nuclear energy is important as we turn to the future, but when it comes down to it, it’s all about the cost of solar power, and rich men in the nuclear industry that want to continue stuffing their pockets by misleading the general public. Alternative sources of energy are a burgeoning new frontier for the human race, it should be embraced for what it is, not shunned for what it isn’t. And, folks lets be honest at the moment it is not cheap. Solar power costs a lot more at the moment than traditional forms of energy generation. But with continued research and development, alternative energies will become more effective and cost exponentially less. In fact clean forms of power generation will be the catalyst that will vault us into the next age of our evolution, and perhaps even better it won’t kill us or poison our home while it does it.
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