(Irrationally) Protesting Nuclear Power: 100,000 Demonstrators Against Nuclear Reactors in Germany

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The international consequences of the Nuclear Powder Keg that threatens Japan have spanned the globe, protests have cropped up around the world as all governments scrutinize their own nuclear reactors.  Many of these demonstrations numbered in the tens of thousands as petulant environmentalists and myopic citizens called for a swift end to the nuclear power, ignoring that without nuclear power the world would grow dark.

Where are the Protests?

Berlin, Germany and Stuttgart, Germany have the largest demonstrations with 100,000 protesters.

Germany has the second largest concentrations of nuclear power plants in Europe with 17 aging reactors.  Today, protesters at Stuttgart formed a 45 kilometer chain to call attention to failings at Germany’s oldest reactors. Craving to demonstrators demands demands the German government has ordered the nuclear power company Merkel to shut down 7 of the oldest reactors for the next three months.  Many celebrate this landmark decision, however skeptics are wondering where supplement power will come from.  By closing those seven plants over three percent of German power will need to be bought from surrounding countries or made in wasteful auxiliary generators.

Meanwhile major protests rocked France, a country that runs on over 80% nuclear power.  French officials remain unrelenting defenders of French nuclear power, with an impeccable record of  having no major or minor meltdowns.  In addition they are joining all European Union nations is stress testing their nuclear reactors.

American anti-nuclear protests were centered in California, where protesters fear radiation from Japan infecting American shores and the potential of meltdowns at California’s two aging reactors.  Activists call for a swift and immediate closer of the power plants, favoring environmentally friendly wind and solar power sources.  Obama has announced his protection of nuclear power in the United States, stating that America’s reactors are safe from all common natural disasters.  Demonstrators ignored his statements and continue to protest in California and in every major city in the United States.

What will This Mean For Nuclear Power?

The nuclear industry has not been negatively impacted by the Japanese disaster.

Construction of new nuclear reactors has continued despite the wave of protesters calling for reevaluation of power options.  Canada has decided to continue with a nuclear reactor in Vancouver.  Russia and Belarus have just announced signing a nine billion dollar deal that will lead to construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus, adding their first nuclear reactor to supplement traditional sources.  It is collectively agreed that the Japanese Nuclear Powder Keg is a perfect example the danger of nuclear powers; in addition many claim that since there has not been a full meltdown that humanity is successfully defeated the worst nature can dish out.

Besides, the tsunamis of this magnitude occurs only once every thousand years.

Is Nuclear Power Good or Bad (or Necessary)?

Fossil fuels are running dry while wind, solar, and hydrogen cannot support the demand; Nuclear power is necessary for the modern world. 14% of all power produced in the world is produced by nuclear reactors.  In addition, the most dangerous sources of power continue to be coal and oil; hundreds of workers die each year in explosions and collapses.  There has only been one major nuclear disaster in history, Chernobyl, a disaster that could have been easily prevented or mitigated.  The only problem in this tragic disaster was human failings.

In order to progress into the future humanity will need nuclear power, there are no reliable, efficient, or healthy alternatives.  The nuclear Renaissance will soldier on throughout the world, simply because there is no other choice.  This means the nuclear industry will continue to flourish, leading to a more prosperous international economy with reduced energy dependence.

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Putrid Chaos: Californian Coast Contaminated (is Global Warming at Fault?)

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Many Californians spend Christmas day on the beach, surfing, building sand castles, and frolicking in the warm Pacific waters.  This tradition takes a rain check as torrents of water nearly drown the Southern California and have forced miles of beached to be closed; overflowed sewer systems have dumped massive amounts of sewage into the oceans.  This sewage contains everything flushed away, everything from hair chemicals to fecal matter.

Now authorities have announced the sewage has made a return trip, collecting on the beaches all along the coast.  Health experts verified the beaches were fully covered the sewage and to so much as visit the beach would be hazardous to anyone’s health.  Swimming and sunbathing in human filth tends to do that.

Governor Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency for six counties worst affected by the fecal fallout of these sewage menace and cautioned all Californians to stay away from the beaches.

How did Rainfall Force Beaches to Close?

According to BBC the Los Angles Metro Area and all of San Diego Country has received half of its annual rainfall in less than a week.  The city was nearly brought to a standstill, as traffic was detoured around swollen rivers and overflowing sewer system.  Out of the sewer grates debris, trash, and sewage swashed across the streets and into all major water systems in the area.  This rubbish and semi toxic chemicals were washed down stream, out into the murky Pacific.  Now that same sewage is being washed back up on the Californian shores.

One of the hardest hit regions was Orange County.  Their beaches are strewn with excess pieces of debris and the shores reek of unspeakable smells.  Laguna Beach has been closed, inciting outrage in the surfing community.  They are not angry at  the country closing the beach, they are furious that the beach had to be closed.  It could be as long as a week till the beach is clean.

Why Has There Been So Much Rainfall?

Weather experts have remarked that this unusual rain system is the primary culprit in contaminating the beaches.  Usually rainfall is dealt with in small drizzles or storms, not six day long cloud bursts that nearly drown the southern half of California.  Some are saying that it is just and amorality, unlikely to be repeated.  Others point to global warming the chief ringleader in this natural disaster.

In the past California has never dealt with rainfall of this magnitude.  Neither has Africa been forced to deal with rapidly advancing Sahara desert; farmers are finding it harder and harder each year to maintain crops as water becomes scarce.  Islands throughout the Pacific have never dealt with the inevitable rise of the ocean and the elimination of their countries.

All around the world water issues are arising, in some places there are too much precipitation and in others there is an absence of precipitation.  There is no reason that California, or anywhere in the United States, to be exempted from this trend.  As long as the four largest emitters of greenhouse gases, China, United States, Russia, and the European Union, this disastrous trend will continue as they release more than 75% of all greenhouse gases.

The best defense for Californian beaches, and the world’s countries, is to take a stand against global warming.  Before we are all washed away.

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