Saturday, April 29, 2006

A Long Awaited Response

So...as a follow up from a previous post Wastelands or Wetlands? a simple question came to mind. When will enough be enough? With any strong position there is an equally convincing opposition. Reading through the debate regarding Uranium is quite interesting. This blogger has provided a few links on the sidebar, thanks to Larry Bassett, that would educate a person about Nuclear power, nuclear weapons, etc. Here's the interesting thing, this blogger found a common thread. (Certainly, a little bit of knowledge could lead to danger so let's keep this brief).

Links: http://www.uic.com.au/nip43.htm
http://www.prop1.org/prop1/azantink.htm
http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/info.htm

Uranium, in whatever form its delivered is deadly. If a miner is exposed, the likelihood of surviving without proper equipment or decontamination procedures is slim to none and slim just left town. Uranium used for weapons is intended to result in absolute destruction. Now, if a stance is to be taken for or against then don't try selling it with propositions full of good faith. We all know that the energy that comes from Uranium is quite efficient but all good things come with a price. I wonder what that price would be...

The issue that most have with the nuclear power is often confused with its nemesis, nuclear weapons. Sure, its still the same material, uranium, but the wonder behind it is its "power." Having said that...what course of action should be taken knowing that China and Iraq has this power? Two countries with radical political beliefs and ideals. How does one protect against such potential threat? Now before I get hit with comments on that question, I am merely concerned about those in political power not the whole population.

Those that work in the nuclear industry will tell you that safety is its first and foremost precaution. "Safety is no accident." Others that have actually used nuclear energy for their electricity will tell you that it is extremely efficient and that they wished they still had it. I'm still on the fence with the whole concept. I do believe that it will be a real challenge to differentiate between nuclear weapons and nuclear power because sometimes they could be used interchangeably. Think about it...if one is to use nuclear weapons as a means of war then who has the "power?" I'll let the professionals deal with that.

4 Comments:

At 7:51 PM, Blogger Larry Bassett said...

Glad to see that you are still thinking about the issue of nuclear power. In Lynchburg, we have a couple of significant nuclear power companies, AREVA and BWXT. So this is a touchy topic here since these companies are "good corporate citizens," putting a lot into the local economy. But are they doing good things for the earth?

 
At 5:51 AM, Blogger alyssa said...

you provide very useful information on nuclear power & also those persons who work in nuclear industry.

Alyssa

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