With news breaking Saturday that nuclear reactors in Japan are at risk of a meltdown due to earthquake damage, do you think Canada needs more nuclear power plants? On one hand, a ping pong ball sized piece of uranium can produce as much energy as what, a million gallons of gasoline? But yet, the worst case scenario is significantly worse than with the fossil fuels. The guy on the news said that Japan's reactors were built to sustain likely magnitude earthquakes, but not the worst case earthquake. How ridiculous is that? If you are the #1 earthquake zone in the world and you are building a nuclear power plant, you better make sure to make it earthquake proof.
Now they are pumping sea water into the whole facility to try and keep the core from getting so hot that it melts the containment structure. Hopefully it will work out for the best, but they should modify all their nuclear power plants to handle big earthquakes. Canada is one of the world's largest exporters of uranium, so we do have an interest in the continued use of nuclear power worldwide. Should Canada expand its own nuclear power program? The last time we built new reactors they didn't work properly, heated up too fast, and were shut down.