Another debate about the future of nuclear energy, but now based on the tragedy in Japan and the reactions of different countries on this issue like Ben mentioned in his post. William Tucker, advocate of nuclear energy, and Damon Moglan, friend of the earth, play the two sides in this debate.
William Tucker defends the use of nuclear energy and tries to appease the people, the community. I think this man knows very well it’s difficult to succeed. His main argument is that the nuclear reactors in Japan withstood a major disaster very well, especially with its old design. Of course this is something where people can ask the question:” why wasn’t it replaced or why no better design?”
After that this discussion gets a bit out of hand. I think that mister Damon Moglan like other environment organizations again exploit the situation in Japan or Chernobyl to support their arguments.
Alternative energy like solar and wind are safe, but when is it able to compete against nuclear energy technology to provide the necessary energy? ( a question which we asked ourselves alot in this blog) I think nuclear energy is improving faster than the alternative energy and you know it will provide for your electricity every day. The other countries don’t have the choice for closing their plants.
We see that nature can surprise us and it has caused a disaster for nuclear energy and Japan. But think about this; imagine there will be large wind parks and solar sites, don’t you think they can also suffer the wrath and change of nature?
I think the discussion will last forever. There will always be a large group against nuclear energy, even when they are currently getting their electricity from nuclear plants, and we have those who feel safe about the future of this technology.