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With a background in chemistry, I have never believed that using radioactive, unstable dangerous materials for production of electricity was a good idea. Recent nuclear events in Japan, the worst nuclear development since Chernobyl, once again confirm that nuclear energy is one of the world's most dangerous applications of scientific knowledge, and perhaps one of the worst applications of modern technology. In the extreme, in total failure, nuclear energy is ultimately a one-way ticket to the termination of humanity.
It is bad enough that the globe can be destroyed many times over with existing stockpiles of nuclear weapons fitfully declared "necessary for defense and M.A.D." ; the insanity and sublime reality of mutual assured destruction; --- but are nuclear reactors really necessary for the production of electricity? No.
Are there other viable options? Yes. Wind and solar energy already supply most of the electrical power used in Germany. If Germany can do it, why can't we?
Can any power utility "authority" operating nuclear generating stations ever offer even the slightest guarantee that a nuclear reactor will not eventually fail, spewing radiation in to the environment for thousands of miles, contaminating food, water, and land? NO.
Has the nuclear industry made sound decisions in the past? No.
The Pickering nuclear reactor in Pickering, Ontario is built close to, or upon a known geological fault line and has suffered "minor leaks". Only a couple of days ago, an earthquake was recorded between Montreal and Ottawa. Should our readers be foolish enough to believe a serious earthquake cannot, at some point in the future, ravage the Pickering reactor?
Hearings in Ontario are scheduled and taking place decide to build more reactors at Darlington.
Has Ontario learned nothing from the Japanese disaster? Food and water is already contaminated for 60 or 80 kilometers from the Fukushima disaster, and it is nowhere NEAR under control. Hundreds of miles of the Ukraine was contaminated by Chernobyl--and will be for centuries.
With wind technology, solar energy, and natural gas generating stations possible, the use of dangerous nuclear reactors is simply inexcusable, reckless, and cannot be justified. Safety of nuclear reactors cannot be guaranteed by any "nuclear authority" regardless how "reassuring" they may be. There is no safe way to dispose of radioactive waste, which remains dangerous for many centuries.
Imagine a similar nuclear disaster in Southern Ontario. Ten million people. Out-of-control reactors. Do not allow any person to tell you that a catastrophe can not happen, because clearly, they can. If it can happen in Japan, it can happen in Ontario. Accidents are bound to occur. Equipment will fail, leaks will occur, and radioactive material WILL be released to the environment. The nuclear industry has already proven that accidents and defects and "events" can happen. Why take such foolish chances with the lives of millions of people ? Why spend MORE billions on defective, dangerous technology?
It is not too late to stop North America's nuclear madness. Let us now do the RIGHT thing for the environment. Say NO to Nuclear reactors, say NO to expansion of Darlington, and say NO to the greedy politicians, the nuclear power authority, and the nuclear industry that has only one thing in mind-- profit.It is time to declare war on Nuclear energy.