Friday, February 13, 2009
This recent photo of frozen Lake Erie shows plumes from two nuclear power plants. The one on the right is Fermi II, in Michigan. I’m not sure what and where the other one is; could possibly be in Ohio.
"Nuclear winter" is a phrase we don't hear much in our post-Cold War times. More often these days we hear about "impact winter" (comet or asteroid strike) or a "volcanic winter" (super-volcanic eruption), but new science predicts dire global effects from even a "limited" exchange any where on the planet. I hope we know what we're doing! And while we're at it, let's get those non-polluting green energy sources up and running. From my Ontario backyard I see these striking plumes in different sizes and colors under different atmospheric conditions. They can look beautiful, but I never forget what they are, and the fearsome power they represent.