The nuclear crisis occurring at the Fukushima nuclear complex is a tragedy that illustrates the need for the development of alternative energy resources. The situation at Fukushima is grim. In the wake of the 5th strongest earthquake in history, Fukushima is on the brink of a meltdown, leaving the nations of the world worried about the effects of spreading radiation. While nuclear energy is attractive from the standpoint of energy production, this does not outweigh the dire outcomes should something go wrong. The unfortunate situation occurring in Japan serve as a reminder that we, as a global population, owe it to ourselves to research and invest in alternative energy sources. Alternative energy sources would provide a means for moving away from nuclear power, which is costly to maintain and catastrophic in the event of unexpected events.