Adaptation. It’s the one single word that encompasses the entire human experience. But if you believe the misinformation being spread by internet activists about Fukishima, the human species isn’t up to the challenge anymore.
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The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster began more than two years ago, with an earthquake and a tsunami on March 11, 2011. A chain reaction ensued which to this day threatens to spin out of control.
Last month, on July 22, 2013, Japanese officials revealed that the plant has been leaking radioactive water into the Pacific ocean this entire time. Scientists are detecting elevated radiation levels on the Pacific coast, and as higher radiation levels are being found in everything from salmon to milk, the EPA is quietly increasing the government-approved “safe” level of radiation in food.
Predictably, the usual suspects are going nuts, with online proclamations of global doom that call up imagery of the end-times. It’s time to dispel some of the myths.
MYTH: Nuclear Power is Unsafe
FACT: Nuclear power is safe!
In fact, each and every single case of a “negative vitality incident” in the nuclear industry can be traced back to something that shouldn’t have been able to go wrong. Some extremists go as far as to blame an entire industry for isolated human errors.
MYTH: It Is Unacceptable to Render the Pacific Ocean Barren
FACT: It’s nowhere near as bad as you think!
True, the Pacific ocean has been irradiated, and you won’t be able to eat anything out of it for the next 30,000 years — which really won’t be that much of a concern in a few decades anyway, since nothing will be left alive in it to eat. But let’s put aside the moralization of a few nature-nostalgiacs, and review the facts. There are 5 major oceans in the world. Modern humans have existed now for about 200,000 years. For us to have lost only one ocean in this vast expanse of time is, statistically, a cause for celebration!
MYTH: We Don’t Know if Our Food is Safe
FACT: We do know if our food is safe!
Human beings are resourceful, adaptable beings. Some enterprising minds are already devising products for you to buy, so that you can do something about the matter.
MYTH: We’ve Permanently Ruined the Planet
FACT: The planet will fix itself!
In time, Fukishima will be little more than a distant memory. Give it 30,000 years, and you’ll barely be able to tell this was the same planet. And don’t let the scare tactics work on you — this will still be a nice place to live, in the meantime.
If one takes the time to review the facts, and is at least minimally scientifically-competent, then one can only arrive at the conclusion that nuclear energy is clean, safe, cost-effective, and efficient. It’s green technology that comes from the Earth — and when we’re done using the natural materials that make nuclear energy possible, we can safely put them back into the Earth, right where we found them. You can’t do that with gasoline, or coal, or even solar.
Opposition to nuclear energy is based on nothing but pseudoscientific claims and unwarranted fearmongering. What is happening to the ocean now, because of Fukishima, simply flies in the face of all of the facts on nuclear energy. We need to move on.