Just as a reminder, there are 100 nuclear reactors in the US - each one requires one
solid year to shut down – and we are then still left with the WASTE.
Internationally there are 500 nuclear reactors which need to be shut down as Global
Warming will increasing bring increasing events of floods/droughts, cyclones, tornadoes,
changes in wind system, increasing Gulf Steam events – and of course earthquakes
because the melting of the glaciers changes the pressures on the tectonic plates.
All of these nuclear power plants are built on waterways – because they require millions
of gallons of water every minute to cool the reactor. For example, two of these nuclear
reactors are built on Lake Erie in Ohio – a source of drinking water for its citizens.
Here in NJ, residents are now going to be bailing out these financially failing companies
with increases in our Electric bills – as just decided by one of the Courts in NJ>
The WASTE continues to be an open question – as it has a long life which is dangerously
poisonous to all living things.
Fukushima is of course an example of what can happen – and there were warnings by
Japanese scientists that they should be shut down as seismic studies showed increasing
likelihood of earthquakes on this earthquake prone island. The government heeded the
warnings of the scientists and planned to shut these reactors down 5 or 6 years before
Fukushima event. However, on learning of this the W Bush administration sent US
representatives to Fukushima and when they left, the reactors were still operating – but
the government had been changed.