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CHECKMATE: NOW FORMER CHAIR OF 'NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION' CALLS …

CHECKMATE: NOW FORMER CHAIR OF 'NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION' CALLS FOR ALL NUKES TO BE SHUT DOWN. What? Aren't Nukes essential? No, that's just the propaganda message from the powerful and dying nuke industry.
Hard lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in Japan in 2011 make clear that nuclear power is extremely dangerous, very expensive and as it turns out, not needed.
Former NRC Chair Gregory Jaczko wrote this persuasive piece on how we all can live much better without nuclear power – and without a dubious powerful nuclear power industry used to stacking the deck. Caleb, Megan & Jim

"Two years into my term, an earthquake and tsunami destroyed four nuclear reactors in Japan. I spent months reassuring the American public that nuclear energy, and the U.S. nuclear industry in particular, was safe. But by then, I was starting to doubt those claims myself…

"But fission reactors have a dark side, too: If the energy they produce is not closely controlled, they can fail in catastrophic ways that kill people and render large tracts of land uninhabitable. Nuclear power is also the path to nuclear weapons, themselves an existential threat.

"As the certainty of climate change grew clearer, nuclear power presented a dilemma for environmentalists: Was the risk of accidents or further spread of nuclear weapons greater than the hazard of climate change?…

"But the Fukushima Daiichi crisis reversed that momentum. A massive release of radiation from that plant, as its four reactors failed, lasted for months. The world watched as hydrogen explosions sent huge chunks of concrete into the air — a reminder that radiation was streaming, unseen, from the reactor core. More than 100,000 people were evacuated from their homes and their communities…

"…The crisis hobbled the Japanese economy for years. The government estimated that the accident would cost at least $180 billion. Independent estimates suggest that the cost could be three times more…

"…The technology and the safety needs are just too complex and demanding to translate into a facility that is simple to design and build. No matter your views on nuclear power in principle, no one can afford to pay this much for two electricity plants. New nuclear is simply off the table in the United States…

"Would shutting down plants all over the world lead to similar results? Eight years after Fukushima, that question has been answered. Fewer than 10 of Japan’s 50 reactors have resumed operations, yet the country’s carbon emissions have dropped below their levels before the accident. How? Japan has made significant gains in energy efficiency and solar power."




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