How many more disasters we we need, that's nuclear energy related, do we need to encounter before all live on Earth, including the planet itself, is completely dead? A rise from a 1% sign of dead life on the ocean floor to a 98% in less than 2 years since the disaster at Fukishima should be enough for people with a brain to realize that nuclear energy is not safe and cannot be properly controlled.
It's always easy to say in hindsight- that was the wrong place, or that was the wrong way... But every situation is not forseeable. And Nuclear Energy is an incredibly unsafe form of energy at it's very most basic form. It is contained nuclear radioactive matter. There is nothing quite so unsafe as that. Even in the most protected environments.
Especially when compared to the dozens of alternative safe and clean forms of energy available, it makes no sense to build nuclear plant. Germany- the most technologically sophisticated country of Europe, and probably the best regulated and managed, still outlawed nuke energy because of the danger factor.
The newest leak at the Fukushima power plant does prove that nuclear power is still too dangerous. These types of leaks have a huge effect on the environment and the people that are effected by it. We would be better served in developing solar and wind energy as new power sources.
Its clear that Nuclear never really had its place in a clean society. It should be taken out of commission. There are so many other ways for the masses to get power. I think if we spent time on solar and other energy sources, we could solve all our power issues.
Its all about placement, they kinda messed up. It would have been fine had the backup generators been lifted, but it happens. Wind energy has long been opposed because it seems to have adverse health effects on the local residents. So unless you dedicate very large areas to wind farms, in which you will probably damage the wildlife, nuclear is better. As for solar, remember that a large investment of resources and energy go into any form of power, solar not excluded. They leave you with toxic/electric waste. Nuclear is only radioactive waste. Lets just wait for nuclear fission.
Nuclear power can actually be one of the most efficient forms of energy. It all just comes down to how it is managed and where it is located. Yes there are cons to nuclear energy, but I think the pros outweigh the cons by a landslide. If they can figure out how to make it more environmental friendly then it should be the number 1 energy source.
No, the newest leak at the Fukushima power plant did not prove that nuclear power is still too dangerous, because the vast majority of power plants still operate fine and without incident. There are going to be glitches in the system, but there are problems with coal power and solar power as well. Nuclear power is still good, for the most part.
Given the dangers associate with nuclear power plants I don't see how power plants were ever justified for Japan, directly in the range of the Ring of Fire. This is why this plant continues to have problems and probably always will. This is one of the problems with responsibility that needs to be handled better in the future. Proper placement is obviously pretty important when it comes to nuclear plants.
Just because one power plant has a leak does not mean that nuclear power is to dangerous. Here in the United States we have not had any trouble with the nuclear plants that we have working, so our systems are not all that dangerous, they were not doing something right.