© 2011 Joshua Stark
A quick note: I'd like to read what you all think about nuclear power in light of the events in Japan. It is a horrible, sad, tragic series of calamities befalling the country right now, and I won't tolerate any unkind comments. For us, however, the debate should begin.
Personally, I'm not a big fan of "black swan" thinking, in general. However, outliers should be examined in the context of the level of catastrophe that may one day occur. For nuclear and large hydropower, the potential for catastrophe is large at generation. For petroleum and coal-based generation, the potential for catastrophe is large at extraction (see the Gulf). Really, the only generation types that would appear to limit the potential for catastrophe is very small hydropower, wind, and solar power.
What do you all think?