I’ve been quiet, haven’t I? Are you wondering what my take is on Japan? Much to say but first let me say that my thoughts and prayers arewith the people who have lost their lives, loved ones, homes, etc. They are constantly in the forefront of my mind. I cannot imagine what they are going through.
I have the upmost respect and honor for those continuing to put their lives at risk to save others. It’s kind of sad when you look at our own disasters in our country and how we reacted by looting and such. (i.e. Katrina and New Orleans) I believe we could learn a lot from Japan in just our reaction to it. Don’t get me wrong we had a lot of people who dropped everything to help clean up and support. Yeah, I suppose you could say no one wants to go into a contaminated area to steal something. Silly me.
I had my own revelation when this tragedy occurred. I used to think that nothing would ever happen. Failsafe because of all the safety backup systems, procedures, security, engineering designs, etc. I used to joke and say that if something were to happen that I would get in my car and go! Go and get my kids and get out of town. But that was the furthest from my mind when Japan was hit by the earthquakes and tsunami.
I strongly and overwhelmingly wanted to protect my children, family, and friends. Everyone. I wanted to jump right in the line of fire and do whatever it took to get the job done. I believe every mother would agree they would jump in front of a bus to save their children. I wanted to drop everything and go to Japan and help.
As you can tell, I’m still here. I have responsibilities here. My family. My work. We will be in an outage in just a matter of days and we need to be sure to take care of ourselves and earn or keep the public trust more than ever.
I still feel nuclear power is safe and clean. I won’t discredit others opinions, but if I had to defend myself I will. Here’s food for thought. They claimed the Titanic was indestructible. Of course, that was proven false immediately. I’ve never claimed that nuclear power was indestructible; I just stated that I thought it was safe. Can you actually say anything is impenetrable? But should that stop us from moving forward? I say no. And history shows that we don’t stop. We have a tremendous shipping industry, navy fleet, space program, whatever you can possibly dream of. I mean, look at us now. We have dived deeper, flown higher and faster, and explored areas that were thought of as impossible. We can’t let fear stop us. Fear of the unknown.
Maybe I’ll go into specifics of why I think nuclear power is safe. Maybe not. I could talk about my concerns for radioactive releases to the public, or I could state how they are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing to protect the public. I could talk numbers and how even though the radiation levels at containment are dangerously high due to the core being uncovered by water and obvious degradation to the reactor with the fuel melting. Which I don’t doubt. I could also say the levels further out, say at the boundary or 10 miles out from the site, are minimal.
Don’t get me wrong. I hope that I don’t have rose colored glasses on just because I work in nuclear industry. We all know that with any amount of radiation there is some level of risk for cancer. Does anyone know how much they are getting in their daily lives from medical, cosmic rays, earth’s crust, airplane flights, eating certain foods, working in certain industries (like with concrete) or living in a brick house?
The fact of the matter is, nuclear power is here whether we want it or not. With that, it demands our respect. Like it or not, support it or not, it is here and we need to deal with it. Past, present, and future. We need to deal with our forefathers leaving a mess behind because they didn’t know any better. We need to deal with the present and how to harness, utilize, dispose of the waste. And our future. Yes, it takes a long time to decay and we need to store it somehow. How else are we going to supply the rising energy demand? We give the most output of energy than any other source. Solar, wind, dams, coal. None of them come even close. Unless people want to start living like the Amish (which is probably the right thing to do to keep our world green and plentiful), then I don’t want to hear it because we are all selfish. We are all sinners.
I would say the Japan tragedy is pretty monumental and personally I would think it’s a bigger deal than Three Mile Island or Chernobyl simply for the fact that we are dealing with 6 reactors with three of them in dire straits.
Someone brought to my attention the dates these events are occurring. 9/11 NY, 1/11 Haiti, and 3/11 Japan. Makes you wonder, huh? I also believe in God and I believe that we are in the midst of the labor pains of the world’s final days. I’m not going to preach to anybody, I’m just saying life’s too short. (I need to take my own advice).
And another thing, it just goes to prove that we really don’t have control. Even if we plan for the worst case scenario. All we can do is our best. Imagine how far we’ve come! We’ll never be able to fix the world’s problems, but we can treat each other with respect. We can work together and pull our own weight. It’s a matter of choice. Unfortunately, it will take Jesus coming before we get to that point.