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What is it about nuclear energy that we fear so much?

By Philip Duncan

A few weeks ago I was watching the Colbert Report, a very well made satirical news show poking fun out of conservative Fox News host Bill O’reilly. Stephen Colbert (who pronounces his name col-bear – and the “t” in Report is silent too) pulls apart the days news and acts as though he’s a hardcore conservative. Its extremely funny and, with this being a spin off from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the two run side by side (here in NZ on Comedy Central) and make for an hours fantastic viewing.

But despite the humour the show ends with an interview in which Colbert “grills” the guest. The guest is usually an author pushing their book and the content is legit.

A few weeks ago he interviewed a man – and I’m sorry I cannot recall his name – but he was talking about nuclear energy. The interview was fascinating and got me thinking, and questioning, what is it about nuclear energy that we fear so much.

I fear it. I have this absolute fear of nuclear energy. Whenever I’ve been overseas and driven near a nuclear reactor I’ve been worried.

But I can’t really explain why. I guess I just think of Chernoybl. I mean, I’m pretty sure many of us put those two together.

I did some research to find out just how many serious nuclear accidents there have been…

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