3/12/2012

A reminder to nuclear infidelity

Yesterday was the anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Channel News Asia devoted nearly the whole day of its programmes to remind everyone of this tragedy and how the Japanese are coping with it. Flirting with danger is a trait of daft human beans. Many have nothing better to do than to jump over high buildings for fun. Some tied a string on their legs and jumped over mountain cliffs or tall bridges. Cool. Anything that is flirtatious is tempting, a temptation that is simply exciting and nothing else.

While CNA was reminding the world of the nuclear disaster in Japan, is it also sending a signal to the flirtatious that flirting with nuclear disaster is a very dangerous thing to do and to be avoided at all costs? Is our flirtation with nuclear energy still on course as we plan ahead for a population of 10m or more? The wild ambition to grow our population to be richer and richer in economic numbers is one of the primary causes of this flirtation. We need not only nuclear energy but may other resources to sustain such a huge population, water, food, infrastructure, in fact everything, to feed the needs of a 10m population.

The good thing is that we will get there. We will build a nuclear power station that would not go wrong. Going wrong is not an option. But should there be a slight mishap like the Fukushima, the damage will be contained. The Jap’s incompetence screwed it up, we won’t. And if there is an explosion, the explosion will be small enough not to risk sinking the island. That we will make sure. What if the explosion is big enough? No worry, the design will make it blow out through the other side of the earth. The island will be made perfectly safe with a perfectly safe nuclear power station underneath. That is how good our nuclear fantasy can be.

The CNA memorial is only good for the converts who are now living in fear and dreaming of a nuclear disaster everyday. They are the fools. For the brilliant and super talented, nothing is beyond them. We will triumph with the best talents money can buy and the best technology that will not fail us. That is how good we are.

5 comments:

Matilah_Singapura said...

Nuclear power carries with it a degree of risk.

The Japs were unlucky. So far, the French are very lucky.

All of life's a wager.

Singapore has little choice but to seriously consider nuclear power. With a probable population of 9 million or more, there's going to be a huge energy requirement...and given the current range of options and costs, nuclear comes out street ahead.

Yes, there is a risk. So what? Live a little, appreciate the sheer fleeting, fragile, temporary and probabilistic nature of life and your own existence.

Can you feel it? Or are you emotionally dead?

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

Your IQ is suspect. This is not about taking risk. You cannot afford the risk. There is no where to run in a mishap.

No where to run. You understand this simple phrase?

And why the shit to drive population to 9m so put us in such a shit situation? This population craze must be stopped immediately before it is too late and some jokers go on TV and cry and say, see, no choice. No nuclear energy we will perish.

Matilah_Singapura said...

You are emotionally dead. Your EQ (emotional Q) is zero, or even perhaps below.

Life is a risk. Anything can kill you. The fact that life is so fleeting makes the experience of life tasty.

Savour the moment, you sad fuck.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

I will savour every moment while I can, lying down, on more exciting stuff than a nuclear power station beneath me.

You may call that exhilarating. I have other versions that I will fell more enjoyable.

Between madness and ingenuity is a thin line.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Nuclear power for Singapore is a fait accompli already lah.