Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power
Quoting George Monbiot:
A crappy old plant with inadequate safety features was hit by a monster earthquake and a vast tsunami. The electricity supply failed, knocking out the cooling system. The reactors began to explode and melt down. The disaster exposed a familiar legacy of poor design and corner-cutting. Yet, as far as we know, no one has yet received a lethal dose of radiation.
My favorite response from the anti-nuclear enviro-wackos is the statement that this is "worse than Three Mile Island." It’s hard not to be worse than Three Mile Island considering that there were virtually no ill effects whatsoever from that incident.
These plants have survived operator errors and the worst natural disasters because they were designed well -- fifty years ago. Just imagine how much better off America would be if we could actually build some new nuclear plants, using the newer and much-improved designs, instead of relying on dirty fossil fuels and foreign nations for so much of our energy.