This week on Heads Up we welcome Mr. Gaylyn Bonjour back into the studio to discuss the Fukushima nuclear reactor crisis in Japan. We also look back at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and consider what could happen in the United States.
Despite widespread concerns about nuclear safety, mainstream media sources give very little coverage to some shocking facts. For example, many of the more than 100 nuclear power plants in the U.S. were given about a 20-year lifespan before they were to be shut down, yet have been operating for 30 to 40 years or more!
Mr. Bonjour was one of the workers who helped to build two of the nuclear plants along the California coast, and he points out that several nuclear power facilities are built directly on seismic fault lines.
Why do people avoid asking the difficult questions? Mr. Bonjour explains that for so many Americans who are accustomed to a certain affluent lifestyle, questioning the assumptions behind that lifestyle is unthinkable. Others take a “pragmatic” viewpoint, and because nuclear power helps meet so much of the world’s energy needs, it becomes easy to turn a blind eye to potential disasters that humanity may be creating for itself.
Since 1980, according to one report, the population living around nuclear power plants in the U.S. has grown by 450 percent. In many cases, in the event of a nuclear accident, there would be no practical way to evacuate large numbers of people. This all brings to mind 2 Timothy 3:1-2, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come…” We need to put our hope and trust in God!
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