The nuclear plants facing meltdown in Japan are an example of short term thinking in the modern world. Sooner or later something like this was going to happen again, after Three Mile Island & Chernobyl that is. The prognostications are not good. It is indeed ironic that Japan which was the victim of nuclear weapons should in effect be the cause of much suffering, in terms of radiation & consequent cancers all around the globe, now that their nuclear plants are facing meltdown.
The pro nuclear enthusiasts have been in full flow over the past few years. It was their answer to global warming / climate change, giving up one bad thing to gain another. The lesser of the 2 evils as it were. I look forward to them eating humble pie. It won’t happen of course. I don’t know what it is they will say & don’t in particular look forward to hearing their explanation. I am confident it will make no sense.
All we can do is hope for the best, hope that the damage done to life on earth is not as bad as we might fear & that the almost exponential growth in nuclear power stations will slow down.