One group with a smile on their face during Japan's Nuclear disaster, coal industry

There is tons of anti-nuclear press and discussions given the situation in Japan.

Consider this point from Seth Godin's blog on The Triumph of Coal Marketing.

The triumph of coal marketing

Do you have an opinion about nuclear power? About the relative safety of one form of power over another? How did you come to this opinion?

Here are the stats, and here's the image. A non-exaggerated but simple version of his data:


For every person killed by nuclear power generation, 4,000 die due to coal, adjusted for the same amount of power produced... You might very well have excellent reasons to argue for one form over another. Not the point of this post. The question is: did you know about this chart? How does it resonate with you?

The coal industry like the fact that people don't think this way.  In their minds it is the opposite.

But, you go to some areas of the US and Nuclear is still a priority reports Reuters.

By Matthew Bigg

ATLANTA | Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:12pm EDT

(Reuters) - For much of the world, Japan's nuclear crisis has heightened concerns about nuclear power. But in the U.S. Southeast, where the next set of reactors are planned, the concerns are not so great.

Even environmental activists -- those with deep-seated reservations about nuclear safety who say events in Japan provide an opening to change opinions [ID:nL3E7EI251] -- do not anticipate a radical shift.

No reactors have been commissioned in the United States since the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident in Pennsylvania in which a reactor suffered a partial meltdown.

The next four are due to come online in Georgia and South Carolina between 2016 and 2019, pending regulatory approval, in a region that is one of the country's most conservative.