Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Today's question: How scared should we be?

From the front page of

How scared should you be of the nuclear disaster?

How much fear should we have from the alarming situation in the Fukushima nuclear power plant? A clear answer to five pressing questions.
How scared do YOU think we should be? Post your suggestion on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is a casual shrug and 10 is running barefooted through the streets, screaming and tearing out your own hair. I'd also like to hear what good you think that would do.

Apparently there's a shortage of fear which Het Nieuwsblad are seeking to restore. Stephen Colbert would be proud.


  1. Do you mean the people in Belgium? I don't know, really. I can't really imagine what the impact will be. On a scale from 1 to 10, maybe 4-5? What about you?

  2. I don't think it's ever a good thing to be scared. However, it's never a bad idea to prepare for the worst.

  3. The Doel nuclear power plant has several parts hopelessly out of date, but apparently no money or time to replace them and thus a new safety certificate was given despite specialists declaring that the plant is a risk.

    Tell me, how are they going to evacuate 600000 people from Antwerp in no time if something would go wrong? Nuclear energy is no good, green energy should be put in place, not just in Belgium but globally. The moment you make energy a capitalist item, the risk of going for the cheapest option is high even when that option is also very dangerous. If we don't want disasters happening, nuclear plants should be closed ASAP and replaced with more safer forms of energy. Safety is worth a price.

    Reminds me a lot of the Levellers song "Belaruse" (note the wordplay as the country itself is spelled Belarus, while they deliberately added a character to have the word "ruse" included) which deals with the Chernobyl disaster. The song is from the early nineties and has a line
    "Belarus forgotten by the blind... that is until the next time" (---> next time disaster strikes)

    When the Japanese power plants collapsed (well, nearly collapsed), that song was in my mind all day. People don't learn from history. Nationalising the plants would be a good first step so that safety comes first and not profit, but on the long term, the only safe energy is green energy.