Tuesday, March 22, 2011

All energy disasters lead to coal, which is an energy disaster

Here's a thought-provoking piece on how nuclear power problems scare us more than they should. Maybe we just can't stand the idea of death via invisible radiation? But the point is, we need power, and if we swap nuclear for something else, that doesn't make us safer.

I think the easiest way to imagine this is to think of a dam. If a tsunami or earthquake busts a dam, thousands are likely to be killed. Meanwhile, go coal and people die from it every day.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:11 PM

    There's a good xkcd chart that puts this in perspective: http://xkcd.com/radiation/

    It's also worth noting that America has huge reserves of coal and plenty of folks pushing for us to use it whenever possible.