The recent earth quake and resulting Tsunami have focused the entire world’s attention on the plight of Japan and her countrymen. The lack of medical supplies and the most basic of human needs such as water and food have made these necessities highly sought after, costly items. The depravity this country has been forced to endure has worsened by the ongoing nuclear situation.
According to worldnews.about.com, the 8.9 earthquake demolished entire towns, and resulted in damage to the nuclear power plant 150 miles south of Tokyo, at Fukushima.
Reuters.com showed that tremors from the quake resulted in an explosion and a radiation leak. Scary thought. Is this another Chernobyl in the making, or simply a freak accident?
According to Nuclear Information and Resource Services located in Maryland, 23 nuclear reactors are currently operating in the United States of America. The unsettling part is that every one of the plants uses the same General Electric Mark I design as the ones that failed at Fukushima.
Scared? Surprised? At least by now I hope what you are thinking about is not it could it happen here, but when will it happen here and what are we going to do about it?
According to “Atomic Economics” by author Hugh Jackson in www.thirdworldtraveler.com, the “Nuclear2010” program is an effort to subsidize development of new nuclear power plants by the end of this decade. According to the article, the U.S. administration requested 38.5 Million of our taxpayer dollars to support future growth.
As a taxpaying American, I have a problem with my tax dollars supporting any program that gives subsidies to nuclear plants, without holding them accountable and having policies making them responsible in event of a disaster.
Our growing population dictates we come up with alternative energy sources. I can buy that. I just want to know that those in charge, those responsible, will face stiff penalties for meltdowns and nuclear accidents that occur.
Remember, folks, this could be happening in our own backyard.
The citizens of Japan face years of rebuilding their lives. They don’t need to add nuclear fallout concerns to their list of worries.