How black is the Japanese nuclear swan?
<p><span class="inline inline-left"><img src="http://www.energybulletin.net/sites/default/files/images/SanFrancisco1906_Nicole_Nuclear1.thumbnail.jpg" alt="" title="" class="image image-thumbnail" width="72" height="100" /></span>We need to evaluate the potential for a nuclear future in light of the disaster in Japan. This was not unpredictable, and should have been accounted for in any realistic assessment of nuclear potential. It cannot realistically be described as a black swan event. </p>
<p>Human behaviour can easily turn what should be a one in one hundred thousand reactor-year event in to something all too likely within a human lifespan. Nuclear power may allow us to cushion the coming decline in fossil fuel availability, but only at a potentially very high price. (Excerpts)</p>
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