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Blast at the Fukushima Daiichi reactor
We're getting a very serious warning from Japan that we should not believe that humanity can trump Mother Nature.
-PNND Co-President Ed Markey, senior member of the US House Energy Committee
PNND Council member Jonathan Granoff and PNND Senior Officer Rhianna Tyson published Wisdom or Fatal Folly in Huffington Post, exploring the risks of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons due to inevitable disasters from human or technical error:
Nuclear energy plants, like nuclear weapons systems, do not forgive mistakes of judgment, of mechanical error, or simple human negligence. Still, in the face of dire warnings to the dangers of nuclear power, humans continue to build nuclear energy plants and nuclear weapon systems, convinced that no mistakes will be made. How easily we forget a truism when greed and the quest for power intoxicate our reason: systems are only as foolproof as the humans that create them.
PNND US member Dennis Kucinich has requested the closure of US nuclear power plants that are vulnerable to similar catastrophes as in Japan, including some in his home-state of Ohio.
"Operators of nuclear power plants with demonstrated poor safety records should not be allowed to continue to put the public at risk." (See: Rep. Dennis Kucinich asks feds to shut down FirstEnergy nuclear plants)
We express our concerns and thoughts for our members, friends and colleagues in Japan in the wake of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami. We express our condolences for all those who have lost their lives, our sympathies for all those injured and our best wishes for the rescue, recovery and rebuilding efforts over the next few days, weeks and months.
We pray that no further lives are lost, and that there is no additional destruction or threats to lives from after-shocks or other damage. We sincerely hope that authorities are able to control the situation in the damaged nuclear power facilities, and we express our admiration for the bravery of those working in the dangerous radioactive environment in the facilities in order to minimize the danger to human health and the environment from further radioactive releases.
PNND Global Coordinator