So many good points have been raised already but I think this thread may be seen from yet another perspective.
The damage caused by an accident in a nuclear reactor, is not only catastrophic, but is unredeemable in terms of human health and the health of the biosphere which sustains us . Whilst we, quite rightly, fret about the pros and cons of fossil fuel versus dear Rob's magnificent wood pile, let's not forget that, whilst ever the fuel rods at the Fukushima power plant continue to burn out of control the future of all biological life on this planet remains at risk.
And whilst Rob, and half of BC., is out chopping wood, and the rest of us are wondering if we should un-plug our pop up toasters, and grow broccoli in our 14th floor window boxes, Canada, the USA and Europe - despite the unacceptable risks- continue to invest in nuclear power.
The people we elected to run the show for us seem oblivious to the risk but the young people who live in a rental suite next door have had enough. They say they want to get a cabin and live "off the grid". Good for them! I have offered to drive them to their new home. But whilst I admire their determination to jump ship, I can't help but wonder if the only reason it is possible to live "off the grid" in a technologically developed country like Canada is because so many millions chose not to do so?
Many thanks to the La Manzanilla Message board for giving even the most bemused amongst us a chance to speak about our fears.
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