Posted by: Grant | March 12, 2012

Taking Greenies Seriously

The decrepid old Fukushima nuclear power plant blew up but so what?

Where is the problem?

Like Chernobyl, the problem is the over reaction.

WALL STREET JOURNAL
Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear Power
By WILLIAM TUCKER
Mar. 6, 2012
http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=8&cts=1331503747327&sqi=2&ved=0CGIQFjAH&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052970203370604577261341008387240.html&ei=byJdT-DKAaqTiAenmOCACQ&usg=AFQjCNF0PugbcIQQCy1ZY3km4vhVbuE-Gw&sig2=kA7dCxmjKkJP5co9JSGqUA

“There’s no evidence that low doses of radiation are harmful and no reason to paralyze our economy out of fear of nuclear power.

The real problem, however, may be in the public’s overestimation of the danger posed by small exposures to radiation. In order to avoid any possible charge of negligence, regulatory bodies around the world have adopted what is called a “linear-no-threshold” or “no safe dose” standard for radiation safety.

This says, quite simply, that because huge doses of radiation—the kind you might get from standing in the same room with a spent fuel rod—can cause illness or cancer, we must assume that even the smallest doses will have the same effect on a smaller scale. It’s exactly the same as saying that because jumping off a 10-story building will break every bone in your body, stepping off a one-foot curb will also cause some minor damage.

So far there have been zero fatalities or adverse health effects from radiation exposure at Fukushima. All the damage has been from depression, despair and even suicide among the 100,000 people who have been evacuated from their homes within a 12-mile radius…. “

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