Tuesday, March 22

A lifetime of working in a nuclear power plant has given me a healthy green glow. And left me as impotent as a Nevada boxing commisioner


Good article about the relative danger of nuclear power. I'm afraid this accident will essentially kill nuclear power, which was just starting to get on it's feet again as a response to global warming/coal/gas fears. This isn't meant to suggest that nuclear power is not at all dangerous, but simply to put the danger in context. Everything is dangerous. Not a single person has died as a result of the accident at 3 mile island. According to the World Health organization chernobyl caused 4,000 deaths, up until now those are the only deaths attributed to nuclear power. That works out to less than 100 deaths world wide per year for the past 50 years we've been using nuclear power, compared to 126 deaths per year just in the us attributed to candles. It's unclear how many people will die as a result of the problems in japan, but even if that turns out very badly the fact is the death toll attributed to nuclear power is infinitesimal when compared to something like tobacco or alcohol. There may be more deaths caused by just general nuclear proliferation that haven't been properly accounted for. May just the general use of nuclear power plants causes enough general radioactive proliferation that it increases the cancer rates world wide, and that isn't being properly measured. But we know that pollution from coal power plants is absolutely responsible increased death rates, and solar power uses all kinds of chemicals that would have created it's on ecological nightmare had the earthquake/tsunami destroyed the solar panels and washed all the chemicals in the sea/water supplies. Obviously the nuclear problem in japan is very serious, but the lesson to take from it is to have better back up system in place in case of serious problems, not to abandon nuclear power all together.

Hello. I'm Leonard Nimoy. The following tale of alien encounters is
true. And by true, I mean false. It's all lies. But they're
entertaining lies. And in the end, isn't that the real truth? The
answer is: No.


Blogger Aras said...

My bills have gone up 50% since they closed the nuclear plant. I can barely afford to live in the house we inherited.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Trashcan said...

Lithuania is in a particularly crummy position because they rely on russia for gas supplies. And russia the russian government controls the gas company so they can change the prices whenever they feel like putting the pressure on small countries like LT. That's not to say that the power plant shouldn't have been shut down, i don't know the details of their power plant, but was the life expectancy, etc. but if they are shutting down the plant it would be a good idea to replace it with another one.

1:47 AM  

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