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  •  I am NOT underestimating the workers. (4+ / 0-)
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    They are very brave men and women who addressed a matter, with completely unselfish courage, with which there was a great deal of uncertainty.

    I know a lot about the chemistry of nuclear fuels.    I have probably spent thousands, if not tens of thousands of hours thinking and reading about them.

    I was uncertain about what was happening.   So, in fact, was most of the world's nuclear community, to the extent that I understand this community.    A major element of nuclear design - albeit design from four or five decades ago - was knocked out.    That's not up for debate, it happened.

    Since the reports from the media did not include generally even a suggestion of scientific units, and since the behavior of high temperature nuclear fuels - although widely studied - is very complex, I did have concerns about the loss of lives, although I never expected them to be comparable to the loss of lives from non-nuclear events in this tragedy.

    But uncertainty - the hysteria and shock aside - is not the same as inevitability.

    Happily there were actually fewer injuries than I (and probably many other people) feared.     There may still yet be further injuries, but again, not anywhere near on the scale of injuries and death within three or four orders of magnitude with the non-nuclear events.

    All that said, I knew immediately that no worse case scenario was comparable to the best case scenario to dangerous fossil fuels, and the so called "renewable energy" fantasies that generate complacency about dangerous fossil fuels.

    Now, of course, it can be said that I am a "nuclear cultist" should one wish to be ungenerous, and let's face it, I certainly draw and create ungenerous remarks.  It would not be ungenerous to say that I am more or less obsessed with nuclear energy but my approach to said obsession is to research and learn at the highest available level.    I certainly generated a lot of "hide rates" in this anti-nuke space because of this event - how I miss the more poetic "troll rates! - from people who know almost nothing at all about nuclear energy, and hate it because they are ignorant of it.

    When I finally get around to writing a diary on this event, I have found a great bit of text - from a history of the ancient Greek city-state of Syracuse - the question of "cults" - the nuclear cult and the anti-nuke cults - will certainly be an issue to explore.

    But at the end of the day nuclear energy is going to come out looking stronger than ever after this event because of the hysteria, and a comparison with outcome - if one accepts that all forms of energy involve risk.   Nuclear differs in risk only inasmuch as it has minimized risks.    

    It is,  of course, is a good thing that nuclear energy has shown (once again) to be relatively robust, because frankly, whether anyone knows it or not, nuclear energy is the last, best, hope of the civilization of human race, if not the human race itself.

    •  Thanks for standing up for what you believe in (0+ / 0-)

      I appreciate your unique style, your sense of humor and your dedication to what you think is right.

      look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening. "It's the planet, stupid."

      by FishOutofWater on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 06:52:08 PM PDT

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