Recent seismic events in Japan and significant damage to nuclear facilities there have left the world reeling and given anti-nuclear activists more fuel for their argument. At the time of writing, the full impact of these events had not been determined. However, political fallout is already causing problems for the nuclear industry as a whole and for the future of this potent alternative to electricity generation based on fossils fuels. The specific impact of damage at Fukushima remains to be seen. If these old reactors are brought under total control with little radiation dispersal then the final result for nuclear power in the future might be more positive. Given the scaremongering in the mass media and kneejerk reactions from some politicians across the globe, The Alchemist wonders whether this is likely.