*Not really, but it's more fun to say we are.
First off - Earthquake & Tsunami hitting Japan was absolutely terrible. My heart goes out to everyone there, and especially those who lost loved ones.
Now onto my point, it's sharp, so beware.
Nuclear Power isn't going to go away. No matter what we say or do, most "civilised" countries power demands far outstrip the supply. Coal/Oil etc is a finite supply, and the amount of pollution and the human cost (in health, lives & survival) it generates (both in the extraction & consumption of the source) outweighs the nuclear alternative.
Personally, I'd love for someone to come up with a way to harness Solar, Wind & Wave energy that can A) Satisfy demand, B) Be safer than Nuclear power, C) Be cost effective & D) Not have a massive impact on the available land & water.. Sadly, we have to live now, and the only real solution is Nuclear. It's not pretty & it's the stuff of horror stories, but we have to live in the real world here.
The situation in Japan is extremely tenuous. Nobody that isn't right inside the plant knows exactly what is happening minute by minute. We're relying on speculation that the cooling pools are completely empty, or partially empty, or that we're 10 seconds/minutes/hours/days/weeks etc from disaster. As far as I'm concerned, Japan, and the world, are very fortunate that the design succeeded and that the safety protocols in place have worked for the most part. They're now working VERY hard to resolve the issues that are presenting themselves.
Instead of preaching the end of the world, and disparaging the industry, why can't we simply acknowledge one thing. There are men & women right now bravely risking their own lives to ensure our safety. Frankly, that's the amazing part. Despite the worst event in 1000 years to befall the country, the Japanese people maintained a huge amount of calm stoicism and simply obeyed the protocols. If this incident had happened anywhere else, I think there would have been a greater panic & loss of life.
Lewis' article may be singing the praises of Nuclear power, but how is that worse than preaching the message that we're all doomed, that Tepco are responsible for not having a miracle cure to a natural disaster that nobody could really foresee happening, and for doing their level best to minimise panic. Yeah, they may well be lying about the seriousness, but when you have a population already suffering massively, do you really want to add to the panic? They're doing what they need to do, so let them get on with it and fix it, stop bleating about this being akin to Chernobyl & the fart in the wind (by comparison) that was 3 Mile Island.
So for what it's worth, Thank You Lewis for trying to relieve some of the panic that appears to be gripping the world. Bolstered by irresponsible journalism, it just serves to foster fear and anger.
I've got to say one last thing, and that's to the people on this site that absolutely delight in being controversial. You know who you are, and that you leave comments on here that don't help in any way shape or form. It's boring, obvious and frankly childish. Grow up please and stop being a pain in the arse.