Mr. Paul's Pro-Nuclear Position is Ill AdvisedSubmitted by azn4mrpaul on Tue, 12/27/2011 - 01:25
Until the time Fukushima blew up and when I attempted to understand the number 1 million -- that was about 5 months ago, I was an ardent nuclear power supporter. I am now dead set against it.
You see, if thinking in term of scale and take 1 foot as the energy scale of gasoline, then the time to travel that distance is mere fraction of a second at 50MPH. Now, nuclear power is at least 1 million times that, 1 million feet, or a distance in term of feet traveled in 4 hours at 50MPH.
Anyone has ever driven from Boston to NYC knows it's an impossibly long trip. In reality, many kinds of nuclear radiation are two million times the energy of gasoline (eV vs MeV).
If one does not dare to stand in front of a moving car, one does not dare to tinker with nuclear energy, period.
Humanity is too morally frail to control nuclear power. When things get out of hand, best people can do is black out the news. Such is a case we have now concerning Fukushima!
I understand Mr. Paul's position in respecting property rights will force the plant owners to compensate people for any mishaps so that makes the nuclear utopia believers think twice. More importantly, he is for truer free market economy. This means without subsidy, the industry would be dead in the water; for example, the clean up costs in Japan could easily exceed 1 trillion dollars and there's no way to recover that by selling electricity. Without real positive profits, there's no way a business could continue to exist.
BTW, now that you really know the number 1 million, think you really know the current US deficit?