Worst Idea Ever: Tiny Nuke Reactor in Your Back Yard (video)

These are not good days to be in the nuclear reactor business. The reactors at Japan’s earthquake-battered Fukushima plant continue to pump incalculable amounts of radiation into the air and ocean, causing radioactive rain to fall on North American soil.  The member nations of the European Union are acting to distance their people from nuclear power, and many Americans are starting to realize the potential (non-Godzilla-related) dangers of nuclear power, as well.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I ran across this Energy NOW! video on vimeo, which seems to have been posted just.  Two.  Weeks.  ago. I’ll give you a few minutes to check it out (pay special attention about 0:30 seconds into the video).

Did you catch that? That part, just 0:30 into the video where they’re planting nuclear reactors a few yards away from the high school football field? What about the part where they say the modular nuclear reactor “is deceptively simple – just a reactor inside of a stainless steel thermos bottle, underwater, underground.”

I’ll give you a moment to reflect on those words.

The rest of the video is definitely worth watching (in what is sure to be pant-s***ting terror) if only for the interview (about 6:00 in) where Mike Navetta of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions predicts that there could be as many as 300 of these little Hiroshima bombs power plants deployed globally by 2030 (sweet Jeebus!).

No word yet on whether or not the reactors will still run Windows XP (as shown 2:20-2:25 in the video), or get bumped up to Windows 7 Professional before being planted under your kids’ daycare.

NOTE: there is literally zero (0) mention of Fukushima, the EU ban on new nuclear reactors, or seemingly anything else to indicate this video wasn’t made 4 or 5 years ago. The only thing “dating” it at all is the fact that it was posted to vimeo 15 days ago (as of this writing) on the official Energy NOW page.

Source:  Energy NOW!.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.