Tuesday, April 18, 2006
See this story to be very alarmed about there being even the slightest chance of another accident like the Chernobyl disaster (and there certainly is the chance of it). There are already an estimated 200,000 dead as a result of the meltdown (and 93,000 more now predicted). Millions more were affected.
If you want any more convincing about why we need to move away from nuclear, see this paper by David Suzuki.
On a cheerier note (but related to our huge energy consumption), when there were major power outages in both New York and Los Angeles in the past - people were amazed to see the stars at night. Apparently some even phoned the authorities asking about certain bright stars that they believed had to be new.
It might be interesting to have to spend a few days without cars, electricity, television etc. (in summer of course).
yes, it's a concern!
It’s a sobering thought to consider if China had the same energy usage as the USA we would need another 3 universes to cope with that consumption!
Mind you Aussies are not so far behind on a per capita basis, but at least seems to doing more about in business solutions. Our Govt has been very slow to act and is currently being criticised even by Industry leaders !!
On the question of looking up at the Stars how about also looking down from the worlds outer atmosphere !!
Satellite pictures are available of the World taken at midnight over different hemispheres to indicate the relative brightness and energy use. No prizes for guessing where it all looks like sparkling Christmas trees.
As a matter of interest the calculation for oil at inflation adjusted figures since 1975 is around $80 US a barrel. At current high prices ?? its still miles below inflation.
sorry, i cocked it up earlier.
The stars at night, are big and bright, but not in the Northeastern US.
I grew up south of Boston and recall seeing the major constellations as a child, but nothing like night time on a lake in northern Maine - amazing. Good post, thanks for writing it.
It's all the radioactive water that concerns me about nuclear power. Water is difficult to isolate for 1000 yrs, and it's not the everlasting resource policy makers pretend that it might be.
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