The following is a comment from Carrie on VT4Evoluiton Post “EU Nuclear Power Plants Under Question”:
Right now, we are between a rock and a hard place— where the probable and possibly best choice for energy in the US is nuclear energy, despite the recent crisis in Japan. What can the United States learn from Japan’s disaster? How can we prevent such a tragedy here? It is a scary thought—I hope that we can come through to handle it… especially if we learn from Japan…
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VT4Evolution Response to Carrie:
Yes, I agree we need to learn from past mistakes like Fukushima. I disagree entirely that nuclear is necessary, yet I understand and respect your point of view. From my own experience of being “between a rock and a hard place” the best thing to do is step to the side i.e. “Change”. This is not to say this “small move” doesn’t have hard consequences, it does. However, these “hard” consequences are short term, learning “to do without” (the abundance of energy we presently use) until we find another way. Change is never easy, we all know this from experience, but the longer you put off necessary change the deeper and more drastic will be the period of even hard change (when it eventually arises). Even if Nuclear was 100% guaranteed safe in the production phase, it leaves us with millenniums of dangerous waist. The more we produce and the further down this road we go the greater the burden we are putting on hundreds of generation to come. I feel that this is not acceptable. To choose this “cheap” and abundant solution (nuclear) is selfish. If we take into consideration all those who are to come, (who don’t have a voice yet) I think we can find the humility NOT to choose it and this will give birth to the ingenuity that is the REAL solution to our problems. I think the root of our problems is much deeper than a lack of available energy, it is more a lack of compassion and self-worth.
When you see people living-simple off the land, they exude a deep compassion for the “other” because non-possesiveness is something they understand. Nothing is “owned”, it is all given. You came into this world with nothing and you will leave the same. This is the root of our sorrows and the key to unlock our true potentials. COMPASSION. I don’t expect to change your opinion I only wish to share my own.
Peace to You – VT4Evolution