Op-EdHope for a better energy future

A large sign over the entrance gateway to the evacuated town of Futuba reads “Nuclear power: The energy for a bright future.” So reports Sara Barczak of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy on the anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on March 11 four years ago.

March 28 is also the 36-year anniversary of another, serious nuclear accident, at the Three Mile Island plant in Pennsylvania.

In Japan, following a magnitude 9 earthquake off its Pacific coast, tsunami waves destroyed the plant’s seawater cooling pumps and flooded the emergency diesel generators. With back-up power to critical safety systems depleted within hours, the reactors’ radioactive cores melted and explosions released large amounts of radioactive material into the environment. More...

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