Jellyfish temporarily shut down a nuclear power plant in Israel. Other than this just being a bizarre story, it should make us a little uncomfortable with just how safe nuclear power can be.
More and more people, especially in the United States, are living closer to nuclear power plants. This is especially concerning considering what happened in Japan a few months ago, and even nuclear plants in the United States having serious problems.
Nuclear plants have proved to be a very inefficient and dangerous alternative to coal which makes up 54% of electricity in the United States despite needing millions of gallons of water, being a big air pollutant, and generally agreed as a factor in creating global warming. Coal companies have also been blowing the tops off of mountains and doing just about everything else to give mother nature the middle finger. They have also bought our politicians, especially in the mid-east, as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s biggest two contributors were the Koch Brothers and Big Coal. This obviously explains why there are 12 times as many subsidizes for fossil fuels than for renewables.
Even in the US, air pollution takes lives. Polls show that when candidates speak of regulating the environment, it is popular. Washington however rarely speaks of environmental regulation because of big corporate donors that would lose profits by regulation. This is strangely shown by the Republican and corporate opposition to the new light-bulb program.
Life expectancy in the United States has actually dropped slightly, which is a very strange phenomenon for a society that is supposed to be marching forward and making progress. Both rising poverty and lack of environmental controls have to be contributing factors.
It appears that the rising temperatures are having dramatic effects on the world’s food supply. Not to mention that there is increasing fear in the scientific community that climate change models are too conservative. The UN estimates that it will cost 1.9 trillion dollars to prepare societies for ecological disaster. This comes at a time when governments all over the world are cutting budgets and spending. Perhaps a certain Democratic strategist was wrong when he said “Its the economy stupid!”, because if we screw up on the environment, the economy doesn’t matter all that much.