Friday, April 15, 2011

Got energy and are you ready to bolt?

 

One of the possible (and we can argue about how possible) consequences of living near a nuclear power is an accident.  

Our Rochester region is one of those large communities living near a nuclear power plant.  Are we ready to bolt to someplace else if there is an accident because of the way we get energy?   If a blade comes off a wind turbine, we won’t have to take iodine pills or evacuate.  If a solar panel fails, who will notice? 

A bad accident at a nuclear power plant is a factor of multitudes worse than any other kind of energy source failure.  Why do we have to live in such a way that the energy we use must be so dangerous, not just dangerous, but so very long-term dangerous? 

Population rises near US nuclear reactors - US news - Life - msnbc.com Map of census data shows a 17 percent increase in residents within 10 miles in a decade | WATERFORD, Conn. — Who's afraid of nuclear power? Not the American people, judging by where they choose to live. A new map of data from the 2010 U.S. Census shows that the number of people living within the 10-mile emergency planning zones around nuclear power plants rose by 17 percent in the past decade, compared with an overall increase of less than 10 percent in the U.S. population.  Among the 100 most populous cities on the new census map, 26 have a nuclear plant within 50 miles: New York, Chicago, Philadelphia (3 different plants nearby), Phoenix, San Diego, Fort Worth, Charlotte (2 plants), Detroit, Baltimore, Boston (2 plants), Washington, Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Omaha, Raleigh and Durham, Miami, Cleveland, Minneapolis and St. Paul (2 plants), New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Toledo (2 plants), Newark, Baton Rouge, and Rochester, N.Y. (April 15, 2011)  msnbc.com - Breaking news, science and tech news, world news, US news, local news- msnbc.com

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