Nuclear Power’s Promise and Peril

A very good video report by The New York Times on nuclear power. It points to the Three Mile Island incident that occurred during 1979, and also shows how the entire incident lead to unwarranted hysteria about nuclear energy. It was human ingenuity and technology that helped prevent Three Mile Island from becoming a disaster that could have cost lives.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster also might have been a setback but even that area is, essentially, back to normal despite the unwarranted ballyhoo. Both nuclear plant incidents did not result in any loss of life nor was anyone affected by emissions from either facility.

Despite the seemingly inconclusive ending to this Retro Report video, the overall buildup to the conclusion is mostly positive. Nuclear power does have drawbacks like any other energy source, but its benefits far outweigh its negatives.