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 The anti-nuclear lobby has misled us all
The anti-nuclear lobby has misled us all
For the last 25 years anti-nuclear campaigners have been racking up the figures for deaths and diseases caused by the Chernobyl disaster, and parading deformed babies like a medieval circus. They now claim 985,000 people have been killed by Chernobyl, and that it will continue to slaughter people for generations to come. These claims are false. picked by plurk 6 months ago
tags nuclear power anti-nuclear lobby Chernobyl Monbiot
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 cecilber...
6 months ago
« plurk : The anti-nuclear lobby has misled us all

For the last 25 years anti-nuclear campaigners have been racking up the figures for deaths and diseases caused by the Chernobyl disaster, and parading deformed babies like a medieval circus. They now claim 985,000 people have been killed by Chernobyl, and that it will continue to slaughter people for generations to come. These claims are false.
No, a handful of anti-nuclear activists have claimed that Chernobyl killed nearly a million people. Most in the anti-nuclear lobby deal in hard facts and solid evidence.
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 chinook
6 months ago
I really enjoyed Monbiot's comparison between the anti-nuclear lobbyists and the climate change deniers. Both tend to rely on unfounded claims and smoke and mirrors to get attention, and both tend to use improper "authorities" or research departments to get their story heard.

I had the displeasure of attending a forum on uranium hosted by anti-nuclear lobbyists, though it was presented as an unbiased information session. The "doctors" sponsored by the forum to speak about the effects of uranium and nuclear energy on the public's health were "doctors" of Fine Arts or Psychology... though this tiny detail wasn't advertised.

In most parts of society, people who make up credentials or qualifications are charged with fraud, and I wish the loonier of the anti-nuclear lobbyists would suffer the same fate.

Besides, with the amount of uranium the average coal power plant belches into the atmosphere, I'm surprised they're not targeting that industry as well.
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 B-MoreRa...
6 months ago
In light of the nuclear crisis in Japan, I'm not so sure now is the time to be shouting "SEE? I TOLD YOU NUCLEAR POWER WAS SAFE!"

Yes, those dumb hippies are full of s**t, radiation is good for you! ;)

Regardless of whether or not some anti-nuclear activists are a little over-the-top, I think it is quite airheaded to consider radiation from nuclear fission as anything less than extremely dangerous. Also, as many of the commenters on that article pointed out, the author completely ignores the problem of nuclear waste produced by nuclear power plants and the long-term (THOUSANDS OF YEARS) implications.

We are running an uncontrolled experiment on the only home we have.
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 delta
6 months ago
« B-MoreRavensFan : In light of the nuclear crisis in Japan, I'm not so sure now is the time to be shouting "SEE? I TOLD YOU NUCLEAR POWER WAS SAFE!"

Yes, those dumb hippies are full of s**t, radiation is good for you! ;)

Regardless of whether or not some anti-nuclear activists are a little over-the-top, I think it is quite airheaded to consider radiation from nuclear fission as anything less than extremely dangerous. Also, as many of the commenters on that article pointed out, the author completely ignores the problem of nuclear waste produced by nuclear power plants and the long-term (THOUSANDS OF YEARS) implications.

We are running an uncontrolled experiment on the only home we have.
Smoke and mirrors...
This article is about the lies you can encounter when listening to anti-nuclear enthusiasts. It is not an article about the benefits and dangers of nuclear power.
Yes we are running an uncontrolled experiment, but not only with the nuclear plants, but also with all the energy producing plants, and other factories. None of them are safe. Do I have to remind you to the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant coal fly ash slurry spill, or the Ajka Red Mud spill and the others that happened all over the planet?
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 Interest...
6 months ago
« B-MoreRavensFan : In light of the nuclear crisis in Japan, I'm not so sure now is the time to be shouting "SEE? I TOLD YOU NUCLEAR POWER WAS SAFE!"
It took a massive earthquake to start any problems...my house is fairly safe too until the ground starts heaving.
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 dollylla...
6 months ago
There is no impossible, only improbable and that is always unthinkable until it happens.

I don't really understand the rah, rah nuclear and then the finger-pointing at coal. Most people who aren't for nuclear don't automatically endorse coal as the optimum alternative. I think the point is that ultimately none of our current technologies are safe or good and that we need to immediately seek real alternatives. The longer we wait the more dangerous the other things become.
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 romahill...
6 months ago
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 SecArab
6 months ago
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