Re: The China Syndrome (1979)
Wow, I've really forgot about this section. I find The China Syndrome to be good entertainment even though it's more than a little hysterical. I don't want to turn this into some silly nuclear back/forth but what was so awful about the Three Mile Island accident? Fukushima is terrible and we won't know the full extent of the damage for years...but how many lives will be lost?
I'm not some nuclear zealot, but I think the facts are as follows:
1. Renewable energy is not ready to provide more than a fraction of our power demands.
2. No serious nuclear accident has ever occurred on a modern nuclear plant.
3. The most popular types of power generation plants such as coal have contributed to many more deaths than nuclear has and also contribute to global warming.
4. Nuclear energy is "green" in terms of emissions.
I see nuclear power as a necessary evil for a few decades until we can transition to renewables. The alternatives are just too dangerous.