I was somewhat amused by my daily Google Alert yesterday. As I might have mentioned in the past, I have asked Google to automatically search the world news every day for the words “new nuclear power plants”. Two of the story links provided in yesterday’s installment provided an interesting contrast in leading paragraphs.
The Green Left Weekly originating in Chippendale, NSW, Australia published an article titled Three Mile Island: a warning about nuclear power that started with this paragraph:
The near-meltdown of a nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island in the US in 1979 remains a major warning of the danger of nuclear power generation. What makes an industrial accident involving a nuclear power plant so much more dangerous than an accident in other power plants, and how was this shown at Three Mile Island?
On the other side of the world, the Dallas (Texas) Morning News published an editorial titled The Nuclear Alternative: New plants could be part of energy solution that led with the following sentences:
Not so long ago, the mention of nuclear energy still drew reminders of Three Mile Island, memories that muted a dispassionate discussion of the power source’s pros and cons.
But it’s time for long-standing opposition to nuclear power to give way to reality.
Some things just make you say hmmmm!