Re: This good be good news or bad news.....
Ah the old nukes is deadly brigade turn up at last. Lets see now, how do you define disaster?
Chernobyl: old reactor design more suited to making stuff that goes bang, badly trained staff, badly run and the staff did everything possible to make it break. Yep, true disaster, but not really the technologies fault. Cars kill more people, every month.
The effort in Japan is probably next in fear parade. Built beside the sea in a tsunami prone place, with the emergency pumps in the basement. Wow, real disaster planning there. Hit by an earthquake 3 times it was designed for and so far, only definite injuries are 24 burned ankles. Lots of fud, because now we can measure tiny amounts of radiation. Unsettling, and probably going to be worse because of cultural avoidance of issues to save face, but not a catastrophe.
So since human (usually PHB ) stupidity can be counted on, a rational decision is to use one of the multiple new reactors, designed to produce only energy, not plutonium. These designs are fail safe. They shut down if cooling stops, even if the idiots are in charge. Thorium would be nice, especially as it can burn light water uranium waste in some designs. or the 4G types if you must use uranium.
How many workers killed in windmill construction ? How much wild life killed by solar cookers and wind mills ?
In meantime h4rm0ny, well put. It is also silly to burn chemical feed stocks.