Friday, 18 March 2011
On Nuclear Power: Regulating Our Reaction
As a result of the ongoing tragedy in Japan, in particular the threat of meltdown or catastrophic radiation release from the Fukushima nuclear power plants, there has been a renewal of the discussion of nuclear power and its risks. As a tech site that occasionally covers scientific research in this area, and has a whole section dedicated to "green" technology, I thought we should at least touch on the subject, though of course to delve more deeply requires expertise we obviously lack. That said, I just want to put down a few words regarding the safety and development of nuclear power. I feel we must be careful to maintain in this area the most powerful weapon we have in the rest of the tech world: a strong disinclination to cleave to common wisdom. We're a community of early adopters, entrepreneurs, and creatives — let's not fall into the traps of fusty prejudice and common misconceptions. We don't do it when we talk about the internet, so why should we when we talk about something as serious as the future of our power infrastructure?