On the very practical side of things, by looking at this map, I am located just under where the two orange circles intersect with the red circle. The orange circles are areas that are most affected during nuclear issues and the red circle is the "don't even bother running" area.
Then there is the fact that we will most probably, eventually run out of fossil fuels and compared to nuclear power, no current alternative is feasable;I also have a friend who has worked at as an electrical nuclear engineer at a nuclear power plant most of his life, having recently semi-retired to join the government at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. I believe this friend when he tells me that most of the horrors about nuclear power are vastly overblown and that nuclear power plants are more safe then are other ways to obtain power.Natural gas. “Fracking has been able to proceed so rapidly only because it has been exempted from federal regulations governing air and water pollution.”
Hydro power. “A hydroelectric dam must back up a 250-square-mile reservoir in order to generate the same electricity produced by a reactor on one square mile.”
Wind energy. “Replacing just one of the two 1,000-megawatt reactors at Indian Point in Westchester County, N.Y., would require lining the Hudson River from New York to Albany with 45-story windmills one-quarter mile apart.”
Solar energy. “It would take 20 square miles of highly polished mirrors or photovoltaic cells to equal the output of one nuclear reactor.”
Just to be on the safe side though, I have purchased enough tequila to drown my sorrows until death overtakes me in the case that TMI goes postal again.