Nuclear energy and religion?
If anyone has read the Wednesday, October 29, issue of the Villanova Times, you might have seen an article on nuclear power entitled Debate Over Nuclear Power Intensifies by Matt Crawford. In this article, Crawford presents the political and environmental arguments for and against nuclear power. He then inserts the opinion of sophomore student Mike Patson, who believes that nuclear power “is dangerous as well as possibly unethical according to the traditional Christian standards of moderation.” Crawford goes on to say:
‘From a Christian perspective,’ said Patson, ‘nuclear energy is not an ideal technique to generate power. While nuclear energy can provide a seemingly endless amount of energy, Christians are called to live simple lives. The ethic of love thy neighbor is applicable. Nuclear plants will be built in less powerful social and economic areas, and this is where radioactive waste will likely be kept as well.
Since when does the decision of whether or not to shift this country’s dependence on energy to nuclear power depend on its concurrence with “traditional Christian standards of moderation”? Furthermore, the assertion that Christians are called to live simple lives does not apply here. Nuclear energy is not an x-billion dollar piece of bling we can put on a chain. No one basks in the luxury of fission. The point is to utilize a more efficient and bountiful source of energy that will help everyone, not just a select few.
This argument could go on for quite some time. Is anyone else concerned about an assertion such as this?