[mythtv-users] [Slightly OT] solar power for all our gadgets

David Brodbeck gull at gull.us
Tue Mar 17 21:14:26 UTC 2009

Nick Rout wrote:
> The public perception may also be affected by such names as "Three
> Mile Island", "Chernobyl", "Forsmark" (and there are others).

Although that's rather unfair.  Three Mile Island didn't affect anyone 
off-site; the containment structure and other safeguards worked.  In a 
way it showed how safe nuclear reactors really are; a lot went wrong and 
the public was still protected.

Chernobyl had no containment structure at all, which is completely 
contrary to all Western design practice since the end of WWII.  It also 
used an unusual reactor design known for poor power stability.  (It was 
actually quite a clever design in many ways, but safety was 
unfortunately not one of its best design features.)  It's not hyperbole 
to say that the Chernobyl accident is one that could never happen here.

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