Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Back in the 'sixties I started my degree in physics at UBC, inspired in those times of hope and certainty - we were going to the moon maybe the stars, the world would be powered by clean nuclear energy - Atoms for Peace told us these things.  Reactors would not kill anyone like coal and other fossil fuels and failsafe mechanisms ensured a reactor meltdown was nearly an impossibility, perhaps one in 800 years would cover any uncertainty.

Well, since Chernobyl (and there was another Russian disaster before that it is rumoured that no-one ever heard the details of) we have now had one go up for every decade with a lot more on the drawing board. 


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