TED Conversations

Sue Gentry

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

Nuclear energy is unsafe

Given the recent Japanese meltdown situation with their nuclear facilities I find it unbelievable that Bill Gates or anyone with any knowledge of industrial accident history and nuclear energy can with a clear conscience support this idea. This is Russian roulette with the most lethal substance, and the gun pointed at us all. Blue screen: Reboot Bill and try again.

+1
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Mar 19 2011: First, there has been no meltdown in Japan, at least not until now.
    Second, people are vastly misinformed on how nuclear energy works. The safety measures at the reactors in Fukushima are way better than those in Chernobyl. I would suggest to you to get a little more information on how dangerous actually the nuclear crisis in Japan is. A lot of people still think that a reactor in this situation could explode like an atomic bomb would. Again, misinformation is a huge damage to our world. On the other hand the nuclear reactor that Bill Gates talks about would be a great advance. It leaves no residues behind and exposes people far less to radioactive material since they don't have to be refueling so often, according to the test every load will last for 60 years.
    Remember what happened during the bp crisis in the Mexican Gulf? That oil has been more damaging to the ecosystem than the Fukushima or the Three mile Island accidents. And still, I don't see that much people being so afraid of companies continuing with their oil businesses.
    Hope you can get your hands on more data so you can build a better judgement over this matter. Here is this article which I find very clear and helpful, hope it does the same for you.
    • thumb
      Mar 19 2011: overall you are right, but to be precise: partial meltdown is almost sure in at least one, but probably two blocks. containment and/or the reactor vessel are also suspected to be damaged, and a small amount of radioactive material leaked. that is confirmed by the iodine and strontium levels. the leakage is not severe though. as the situation is normalizing, the escape of corium is getting more and more unlikely.

      among many, the biggest difference between fukushima and chernobyl is graphite. in chernobyl, graphite fire carried the totally exposed core material to the atmosphere. in fukushima, there is no graphite, so even the escape of corium wouldn't cause global disaster.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.