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Backlash against nuclear power gains momentum

Events in Japan are shocking, impossible to fully comprehend in their magnitude. Inevitably The rethinking of the "nuclear renaissance" has already begun. The New York Times editorial page says it still supports nuclear power as one way to ameliorate carbon emissions and climate change, a "valuable tool." But, it says, "the public needs to know that it is a safe one."

The editorial also contains the best explanation I have read about what is happening inside the reactors.

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Previous nuclear disasters resulted from human error or the failure of human appliances in the absence of natural trauma. We have always known that earthquakes and other natural forces posed a threat to nuclear systems. Now there is terrifying proof.

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