Posts tagged: Japan

Knee Jerks

Further to my post the other day on the irrational panic being whipped up about nuclear energy, it’s worth reading Freelance Unbound’s take on the media hysteria.

This is just knee-jerk safety theatre – if our nuclear plants were not especially dangerous before, they’re not especially dangerous now. EU energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger is quoted as saying “There are high European safety standards already.” Read more ›››

No Energy

I got quite cross this morning listening to the Five Live phone-in. Rolling news being what it is, the discussion about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan had moved on from worrying about the probable tens of thousands of deaths to the pros and cons of nuclear power.

There was a lot of amateur opinion that the problems at the Fukushima Daiichi reactor proves conclusively that nuclear power is too hot to handle and we should shut the whole of them down pdq before they blow up the planet. The word Chernobyl was mentioned an awful lot. Read more ›››