We had a wonderful weekend of celebrations here at home, but in the back of my mind, I kept thinking of Japan. I have visited Tokyo (pictures are from a 2008 trip) and found it to be at once vibrant and serene. Japan is full of contradictions like that – at once ancient and modern, loud and quiet. My prayers are with the people there.
As a renewable energy proponent, I spend a lot of time thinking about nuclear power. My thoughts on this are complex, and far from clear-cut. The safety risks seem insurmountable, but so do the long-term effects of breathing the pollutions from other types of power. I am aware of the issues surrounding the long term storage of spent fuel, just as I am aware of the mountain top removal techniques used to mine coal.
As I said, complex issues, that I do not feel qualified to judge. I have read some interesting articles about these issues in the past few days, and thought I’d link to a few. More knowledge is always helpful.
The Case For and Against Nuclear Power (Wall Street Journal 2008) While this is a little older, the analysis is still good.
I’ll update this post with more links as the debate continues. In the meantime, here’s a much more immediately important link. Please join me in blessing others in their time of need.