Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Reassessing our energy options:


In a time of a nuclear power issue in Japan, and a heighten awareness of nuclear power in the US; it is time to question all our energy assumptions.  Minor adjustments, as in tweaking the system here with more regulations and better responses there for more emergency measures, is not enough.  We need to look at our energy options wholesale and ask some important questions: 

How much energy do we need?  Do we need so much energy that we are willing to put our environment at the kind of risk nuclear power puts us in?  Do we dislike wind power so much that we are willing to jeopardize our future with fossil fuels and dangerous energy like nuclear? 

Do we have time, in the light of rapidly increasing Climate Change, to appease every concern over wind tower and solar panel placement before we move to a clean, renewable energy system?  Doesn’t it seem strange that we have so honed our need for more energy that we must constantly check our land, water, and air to make sure they haven’t been contaminated by our power sources? 

Assemblywoman wants iodine pills distributed within 30 miles of Indian Point| ALBANY – State Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera (D-Bronx) wants radiation-blocking iodine pills to be made available to all New Yorkers within 30 miles of the Indian Point nuclear power plants immediately. The lawmaker, who is a member of the Assembly Health Committee, called Friday for the pills one week after the earthquake, tsunami and resultant nuclear power plant crisis in Japan. (March 19-20) New York State News on the Net!

We are betting that oil, gas, coal, and nuclear power will not compromise our own future and our children’s future because we won’t step back and question how we get our energy. 

Does even the remote possibility of a nuclear issue in our area urge us to rethink our energy options? 

Time and time again, when disasters reveal how little control we have over our present energy sources, we simply make a few adjustments and go on.  Is this a rationale way to address our energy needs when we know how much of an impact fossil fuels and nuclear power have on our environment?  What is certain is that our issues with our energy options won’t go away because we make a few minor changes and forget all about them until the next disaster.

As interest in nuclear power grows, concerns remain - Albany Metro, NY Local News "Laura Haight’s first job out of college was with a now-defunct group called the Sierra Club Radioactive Waste Campaign. The group opposed nuclear power, largely because of unanswered questions over how to safely dispose of the radioactive waste generated by nuclear power plants. That was more than 20 years ago, when the controversy over nuclear power and where to put the waste was at its height. " (March 13, 2011)

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