Natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunami's are always going to occur, and as tragic as the staggering loss of life is, it pales in comparison to the potential man made disaster of nuclear fallout from self destructing power plants. There are currently 6 nuclear reactors in Japan that are concerning to Japanese and global authorities. Contradicting reports have stated there has been radioactive fallout, that there is impending nuclear fallout, and that everything is fine.
As of Monday morning, it has been reported that 200,000 people have been evacuated from the areas surrounding the nuclear power plants until they can be safely brought under control. Let's hope that any damage to the affected people is minimal and the situation does not worsen.
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Every other alternative energy source has drawbacks and an environmental impact: wind, solar, geothermal, etc all have some pros and cons. But none of these other energy sources have the inherent potential devastating capabilities of a nuclear power plant disaster. Even without considering the disposal of nuclear waste that occurs when the power plant is operating correctly, there is just too much risk in nuclear power. Let's stop considering this as energy option.
As safe as nuclear power has been advertised to be, there will always be earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, floods, and acts of terrorism that can undermine the efforts of even the best and well intentioned power plants. Please encourage your elected representatives that you don't want to see any more nuclear power plants built in the US.