okr said:
superchunk said:
okr said:

My opinion is the same as it was before and after Chernobyl, before and after Fukushima:  No, thanks.

Chernobyl and Fukushima were/are not "small issues" as Conegamer thinks and I'm afraid that - even in the unlikely case that another nuclear power plant catastrophe won't ever happen again - the thousands of tons of radioactive waste which are buried around the world will cause more problems in the future than anyone can imagine now.


I don't know why anyone keeps comparing Chernobyl to what's happening in Japan. They are not even close.

Chernobyl was an old and simply unsafe reactor that due to its really poor design created a major disaster that has had ramifications for decades.

Japan's issue is more like 3 mile island in US. Its a FAR better design that has numerous safety precautions and like the 3mi island issue, it won't have long term effects beyond the cost of rebuilding replacements.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident

It had no major health issues and withing a relatively short period of time clean up was completed.

Japan's reactors are more advanced than that and will be contained with no major human health issues.

I'm against nuclear power. I'm convinced that radioactive waste will cause severe problems in the future. My opinion on this matter won't change as long as i live. At the same time I'm absolutely aware that my opinion on this matter won't change anything. Nuclear power plants existed before I was born, they will exist when I'm not around anymore. Radioactive waste will contninue to be buried around the world. I'm not interested in any links which should show me that nuclear event x was not as severe as event y and should be compared to event z instead. No discussion needed.

What are your thoughts on thorium reactors, which only has about 100 grams of waste for every ton of thorium they burn; and this waste only exists for a couple hundred years?