The letter from S.A. Myers—a rebuttal to William Gleoge’s May 26 “Make your political support about nuclear energy” letter—missed the main point in Bill’s letter: Fossil fuel kills. Whether quickly by smoke and ash from dirty coal-fired power plants, or a slower death from carbon pollution and climate change, we’re just as dead.
The fact is thousands die each year from fossil fuel combustion. It is time to advance our energy source into the 21st century. We stopped burning wood for heat when oil was discovered. It is time to stop burning fossil fuel for energy.
As to nuclear safety: No one has died from nuclear power generation in the United States in the last 50 years. Even if you count the deaths from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the death toll from nuclear radiation pales compared to the millions of deaths contributable to fossil fuel.
Gene Rodenberry foresaw the cell phone in Star Trek; Isaac Asimov foresaw a battery-sized nuclear device in his Foundation Trilogy more than 50 years ago. The point is; if we overcome our fear of nuclear we could save the planet.
The oil barons control our government and our economy; they want only to extract every drop of oil from the planet. That is their job. We need to tell them “enough.” Nuclear energy paranoia comes from the Cold War era, atomic bomb fears, and Chernobyl. We should be worried about the bombs—they were designed to kill—nuclear power is the peaceful use of what God put on this planet to keep us from destroying ourselves.
-- David Deick - Atascadero