Supporters of nuclear power plants tout how it’s a cheap, non-polluting source of energy. But they always ignore how lethal it is when something goes wrong. Though it’s not on the news anymore, the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant is still ongoing. The core is still melting down and spewing radiation. In fact, you can’t see it, but you’re being bombarded by the radiation right now. It’s well on it’s way to covering the entire planet.
Similarly, some part of the Chernobyl meltdown radiation has become a permanent part of your bones and tissue. It will be literally hundreds of years before humans can safely be within many miles of either site, while the residual radation silently and invisibly pollutes our food chain.
Spend the thirteen minutes to watch this 60 Minutes segment and ask yourself if nuclear energy is really worth the risk. Existing nuke plants are aging. Many nuke plants are built near the sea and on major fault lines. Our weather patterns are getting more severe. Earthquakes and tsunamis appear to happening more frequently. There will be more accidents.
We’ve already been exposed to unhealthy levels of radiation. Every time another one explodes, it increases the overall exposure, but we won’t know the long term risks for possibly another generation or two. Is this the future we want to leave for our children?