Paul, I am a Nuclear Hater. Do I really think Nuclear Scientists and its proponents are that stupid or uncaring about our mutual planet . . .? I think that is the wrong question. It's like asking a policeman if he thinks the world is dangerous. Of course it is, he or she will respond. And every home should have bars on it, an alarm system, a gun for protection, etc. The same with a nuclear scientist. Do we need nuclear energy? Of course we do, he or she will respond. Why? Because I'm a nuclear scientist and without nuclear my job is obsolete. The nuclear scientist is the last person to ask about the safety of nuclear power. Common sense is were you begin. And anytime you are going to have a waste stream that is going to remain dangerous to human existence for a longer period of time than recorded human history and, in some cases, longer than the existence of humanity itself, I think it is the height of arrogance and ignorance to create such waste. I don't need to listen to a nuclear scientist telling me not to worry my pretty little head on such matters. I also would argue that one Fukushima-Daiichi is one too many. Why would we want to expose anyone, anywhere to such a possibility? Until nuclear power is as safe as solar power, until nuclear waste is as dangerous as the water I drink, the nuclear path is the road to human extinction.
Just imagine if we started becoming dependent on nuclear power in this country. We would be building hundreds and hundreds of new nuclear power plants. Within fifty years, between the leaks, human errors, Black Swans, and nuclear waste created, we would be living and breathing radiation on a massive scale. We already are. It just would get much, much worse. Does this make me a fanatic? It's better than the alternative.