Nuclear Plants: Untamable Monsters

Fukushima plant

Power plants: abominable allies

By Eddy Montilla

This is the third week of the nuclear accident in Fukushima plant, Japan. The situation has gotten worse since then. Why have not people in Japan solved the problem yet? Because they don’t know how to do it. Eh! Yes, it is so simple like this. How come?

     Let me tell you something first. I want to make it clear that I am not raising a finger to blame Japan for what happened because we have had the same story in Chernobyl (Soviet Union at that time, now Ukraine, Great Britain, etc.). I blame human beings for it instead. There are many things that we don’t know about nuclear science. It is easy to think so because until now people build nuclear plants, take advantage of them, but when problems arise, you only see people running, evacuation and any effective answer. 25 years since Chernobyl, there are still places and people suffering the consequences of this human madness. I wonder if the same situation will happen in Fukushima…

     All what people do about nuclear energy is something that they can use, but cannot control efficiently. Nuclear plants are sleepy monsters, boiling monsters. Listen, it is not my style to be hypercritical, but this time I think we are coward and stupid. Who went first when we started to explore space? Did go a man or an animal? Well, you can call it precautionary measure against the uncertain future. I prefer to call it a coward act.

     When I was a child, I had a dog called Treasure (please do not ask me why) that banged his forehead on the edge of a table. I never saw him at that place again. Fukushima plant was built 40 years ago. In a place like Japan with so many earthquakes, why did the Japanese had an old power plant working? With heartbreaking examples like Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Chernobyl, why do people keep working on power plants? It is time to say NO to nuclear projects, plants, etc. Let us work with renewable energy: Hydroelectric and wind energies. Paradoxically, those countries that have power plants, such as France, the USA, Japan, etc. do not really need them because they have enough space and natural resources to create another way to create energy, different from poor countries in Africa, Asia or Latin America. If we really want to leave something of this world to new generations, if we really want to protect this world, we have to stop all nations with power plants and any other country with nuclear intention. When we abandon our nuclear projects, then human beings will be able to brag about being the smartest in this world, and I will stop calling this human race stupid and coward. Until then, I will continue thinking that my dog, Treasure, was a little more intelligent than us, “humans”.

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