What has been the real fallout from the earthquake, tsunami and failure of Fukushima nuclear power plant? Not nearly as bad as predicted. Not nearly as bad as was originally feared.
Rather than stand as a warning of the radiation danger posed by nuclear power, in other words, Fukushima has become a reminder that uninformed fears aren’t the same as actual risks.I should point out that the results indicated were mostly non-zero. However, the impact of those results is so slight as to warrant comparisons with living in Denver or working as an airline attendant; not exactly the sort of radiation hazards that causes folks to run wildly in a panic.
A sane national energy policy includes nuclear power with as many safety precautions built in as is humanly possible. It also involves a rational and calm review of the facts.