The environmental and humanitarian tragedy of the world’s latest and largest nuclear meltdown continues to be written in Japan. And yet, in an April 20 letter to The Tribune, William Gloege stated, “nuclear power is actually the safest of all forms of energy generation.”
How does he define the word “safest”?
Safest, despite a demonstrated correlation between radiation exposure and childhood leukemia? Safest, despite the rate of cancer mortality in the workers that cleaned up the Chernobyl site? These examples dip just a toe into the pool of nuclear safety issues.
Mr. Gloege goes on to state, “renewables such as hydro, geothermal and others cannot be scaled up due to constraints like drought.” Now is not the time for new hydro plants, agreed. But the drought should not impede production of solar, geothermal and wind energy.
California already leads in utilizing clean energy sources. And Tesla has just announced plans to produce large storage batteries for industry and homes at an affordable cost. Nuclear energy is dirty, expensive and dangerous. A recipe of alternatives, conservation and incoming technologies renders it obsolete.