Ominous Nuclear Signs

Posted on March 22, 2011 by

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Ominous Nuclear Signs

In the wake of the challenges imposed by the nuclear reactor “Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station”, the world takes notice of the damage caused by nuclear energy. Though the damage was not directly the result of a nuclear weapons assault, the sheer impact the nuclear crisis has created in Japan foreshadows the aftermath of the use of nuclear weapons and overall global impact of nuclear power.

The chaos that ensued after radiation began to leak into the atmosphere illustrates the fear nuclear radiation causes to populations. The raised concern internationally of the potential health effects has allowed refocus of the brutal and devastating effects of nuclear damage.

Gregory Jaczko, the chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, publicized the fact that “[the USNRC] believe[s] that radiation levels are extremely high, which could possibly impact the ability to take corrective measures,” (Sanger 1). This statement further develops the concern of the application of radiation after a nuclear strike. In the event of a nuclear war, the life-threatening radiation, even after the devastation of the actual strike, can prove to lead to a painful and cancerous death.

The radiation delivered by the destruction of a nuclear weapon dwarfs that of the current exposure in Japan; therefore, it is evident that the global reduction and abolition of nuclear weapons is even more vital.

The radiation exposure “is something you only see the results of years down the road, so in that sense it’s quite frightening,” explains Kazuko Yamashita, the Nagasaki atomic bomb survivor (Lies 1). In order to prevent the repetition of the global radiation and health effects of the current Japanese crisis, nuclear weapon independence is necessary.

Time magazine explains the financial burden of nuclear power and weapons. Though the federal government has funded nuclear weapon building in the past, “nuclear power [today] is expanding only in places where taxpayers and ratepayers can be compelled to foot the bill” (Grunwald 40). Therefore, the wasteful investments in destruction must be resolved through greater regulation of nuclear power and the abolition of nuclear weapons.

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