The Dangers of Nuclear Power
Is nuclear power safe? John Howland and his vast readership offer observations on nuke power on its most intimate terms: a submarine.
And how’s that working?
From the other side of the leaded glass pane….
I spent three years and five specops in fast attacks and enjoy showing nuke-doubters my radiological med-record for that period: I received less high-energy bombardment that if I had been on a small boy or (sorry for forgetting…) fossil-fueled CV deployed anywhere. 0. ZERO.
[The Penta-Posse is pictured in the forward torpedo room of a WWII submarine. There is not much more room in the new subs.]
And that was with about half of my workspaces next to the Tunnel, just forward and a deck or two above the you-know-what. Whatever other scientific wonders we were near is unknown to me, but I once heard a rumor that our detachment’s enlisted people slept in the torpedo room.
It being true in any endeavor of consequence that “One Oh-heck” wipes out a billion atta-boys, the nuclear field cannot tolerate any mistakes greater than a burnt out lightbulb, and our erstwhile Comradette Jane used her cinematic best to take it well beyond the Pale in that regard.
Chernobyl’s long term effects will not be known for several thousand years, but there are data that suggest BOTH that life of both flora and fauna types were impacted by the 1986 accident AND that renewed organic chemistry has burgeoned there since a couple of years after it. For fascinating details, see website “kidofspeed.com” a photographic reportage made by a recklessly brave (kinda cute, too!) Ukrainian lady motorcyclist who managed to enter the permanently closed region around the defunct power plant and record its emptiness for posterity. Thanks be, Chernobyl did not start Nuclear Winter — and our photog lives to do other reckless things (politics, for one) without her suntan turning into a full-body keloid scar.
“Wer rastet, rostet,” the Germans say: “He who stops, rusts.” What, with the clear and present danger of merely being alive faces us TODAY, nuclear power, with its Rickoverian no-mistake rules looks mighty advantageous to this former cryppie.
If we don’t have some new benefits from same, who will provide all that electricity to cook the Sierra Club’s granola bars, assemble their Birkenstocks, or to blend blue and yellow basic colors to make green ones?
Forgive an old salt for waxing poetic over an X-ray film, but….
If France can manage to produce 80% of their power from nuclear piles, I have to think we have it within us to do likewise.
With vast respect & ear-trumpets for sea-daddies everywhere,
There is no way to eliminate all risk on this side of eternity. Nuclear power is the safest method to generate power.