How is it possible that two years have elapsed since the tsunami disaster that badly damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan–while virtually every nuclear power plant in the United States has continued operating?
As citizens of the only country ever to have dropped a nuclear weapon (two, in fact) on another country, we surely are aware of the damage that nuclear radiation can unleash and the horrific, genetic consequences facing future generations within the zone of contamination. We Americans must acknowledge the moral burden we bear: The courage to insist that our country cease operations at all nuclear power plants.
The acknowledged trend toward increasingly unstable weather does not bode well for the future of our species if we continue to believe that nuclear power is the answer to fuel shortages. Fukushima was the worldwide warning that we should all have received attentively. We will not be given unlimited opportunities to reverse our bland indifference to the dangers inherent in nuclear power.
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