The question is directed on the countries who have developed the nuclear technology, reactors and so on. They have sunk in so much money on its development and they have a wonderful infrastructure to go ahead with setting up nuclear power plants in any part of the world. Can they afford to keep these information unused? If they can’t use these in their own country, they would like to pass them on to other nations. It’s natural, I agree but is it moral?
One needs to remember that nuclear power plants have become death traps. You never know when it may collapse and pollute the atmosphere there and displace the people. If you want to learn more on this topic, please consult Japan and they would tell you what happened in Fukushima when an earthquake shook the area a few months back..
Would the Japanese people welcome setting up more plants in their land?Japan has already 16 nuclear power stations of their own . They would cry out a big NO for increasing the present number. On the contrary they may demand shutting off of a few existing ones to save the country from a possible holocaust . They would not want to see another Fukushima in these places.
The Japanese engineers and nuclear scientists understand this dilemma. Could they let this investment lie idle and let the workers be paid for doing no work !
So, Japan is trying to woo some smaller nations into going in for nuclear power. “It’s so cheap, you know?” The real purpose of this export magnanimity is to rehabilitate its own nuclear based persons and not to benefit the receiving countries.
Through this article I wish to warn such nations who consider nuclear power a modern novelty, not to fall for such sales talk. Keep away. Go in for hydel or thermal power plants but never the nuclear variety.
Talking about our own land,India has 19 nuclear stations already and four more are on the pipe line including the one at Kudankulam in Southern India. These are live volcanoes. You never know when a volcano will erupt. No amount of assurances will keep a volcano from erupting some time and at the time of its own choosing.
Personally I would suggest replacing the nuclear power plants with Thermal power plants. We have a large quantum of coal deposit which can feed dozens of power stations for decades.
Next, we have fifteen major and perennial rivers in India. Which country in the world can boast of so many rivers? Why aren’t we making use of these rivers?
There is so much hesitation even for linking up all the rivers. Why? Link them at the earliest. Once done, start an internal water way system from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. Build hydel power plants wherever technically possible along these rivers.
Shall we have a safer India? And please don’t buy any more nuclear reactors nor set up any more nuclear power plants.