The tragedy in Japan has claimed more lives – two nuclear power workers have died as a result of the tsunami, they were not found for three weeks inside the nuclear power plant. In the wake of this ongoing devastation many countries around the globe are rethinking nuclear power – either looking for alternatives to provide power or scaling back already existing plants. Two exceptions have arisen this week: Turkey and South Africa.
The following countries have a nuclear power industry: the United States, France, Russia, Japan, Germany, South Korea, Ukraine, Canada, the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, Spain, Belgium, India, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Finland, Slovakia, Brazil, South Africa, Lithuania, Hungary, Romania, Mexico, Argentina, Slovenia, Holland, Pakistan, Armenia and Iran. (www.ehow.com)
Turkey already has nuclear power but the controversy is that they have decided to build a plant on the coast of the Mediterranean and over an existing fault line. Have they learned nothing from the rising death toll and years of cleanup Japan is facing?
South Africa has a controversial plan to wean themselves off of coal by using a combination of solar, wind and nuclear. So on the one hand, solar and wind – very environmentally responsible, and on the other nuclear. Several new sites will have to be built along the coastline and a fault line.
It seems that it is too difficult to predict “Mother Nature” if you will, to be certain that a plant could be built that can withstand a significant earthquake. Is it not then reasonable to assume that if the South African government is attempting to move in a more responsible direction that they cannot at least call a moratorium on the development of new plants until further investigation is done into the devastation in Japan?
This tragedy will strike even more severely if no other nation learns from it and no other nation attempts to change its own course.