The Real Disaster in Japan is the Earthquake
Global media reporting is still disproportionately focused on the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster rather than on the devastating aftermath, in human and social terms alone, of the recent Japan earthquake and tsunami.
As a result the industry in France, one of the largest in the world, and in neighbouring Germany (where the ruling party has just lost a regional election over nuclear) has been thoroughly spooked by eco-warriors and over-hasty political backlash.
This Guest Post on Bravenewclimate.com , an Australian website, attempts to put the nuclear event into some perspective.
It is written by Dr. William Hannum, who among other posts, was Deputy Director General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris.
Guest Post by Dr. William Hannum. Bill worked for more than 40 years in nuclear power development, stretching from design and analysis of the Shippingport reactor to the Integral Fast Reactor. He earned his BA in physics at Princeton and his MS and PhD in nuclear physics at Yale. He has held key management positions with the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), in reactor physics , reactor safety, and as Deputy Manager of the Idaho Operations Office. He served as Deputy Director General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, Paris, France; Chairman of the TVA Nuclear Safety Review Boards, and Director of the West Valley (high level nuclear waste processing and D&D) Demonstration Project. Dr. Hannum is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society, and has served as a consultant to the National Academy of Engineering on nuclear proliferation issues. He wrote a popular article for Scientific American on smarter use of nuclear waste, which you can download as a PDF here.
“Japan’s near meltdown – not all bad for future of nuclear“
Prof Barry Brook of the bravenewclimate blog.