Thanks again to Scott Berkun for the topic.
Given the recent nuclear disaster in Japan, I thought this question was worth writing about.
Personally, I don’t mind nuclear power. My problem with it, besides the inherent danger of an outside agency (terrorist, tsunami, earthquake, or idiots in government who don’t want regulations on it) mucking about with it, is the waste byproduct.
This waste is the real danger of nuclear power. No nuclear plant is “clean” energy, but the spent fuel rods are just plain dangerous. I know some people will say they can be contained safely, and I truly hope they are correct, but if the radiation were to leak into the water table, then we’d be in a serious mess, then.
So, is it a menace or a blessing (and, yes, “blessing” might not be the right word here, but hopefully, you get what I’m going for)? It’s neither. I view nuclear power as a stopgap measure to gain electricity until we figure something else out.
Maybe that new solution will be solar and wind. These are truly clean energy sources and produce nothing but light to see by and a cool breeze on a hot Summer day.