[FoRK] Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Tue Mar 22 16:45:59 PDT 2011

On 3/22/11 4:20 PM, Bill Humphries wrote:
> On Mar 22, 2011, at 4:15 PM, Stephen Williams wrote:
>> http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/21/pro-nuclear-japan-fukushima
>> Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power
> Number of people missing attributable to Fukushima: 1
> Number of people dead attributable to Fukushima: 0
> Number of people missing attributable to earthquake and tsunami: 13,000
> Number of people dead attributable to earthquake and tsunami: 9,000
> -- whump

Number of people missing or dead attributable to earthquake and tsunami in the last 6 years: More than 300,000
Number of people dead attributable to nuclear power: About 5-8 since 2004, about 60 if you include Chernobyl (with up to 4000 
projected from illness due to radiation).  And few would count Chernobyl as possible as we would never build something that primitive.

> The worst Nuclear disaster in history was at Chernobyl in 1986. And there is no question this was a serious accident. The 
> confirmed death toll in 2005 was fewer than 50, with a predicted additional 4,000 deaths due to radiation linked diseases. 
> Interestingly, although 4,000 cases of Thyroid cancer have been reported in the exposed population, there were only nine 
> fatalities, which is consistent with Thyroid Cancer's 5-year survival rate of almost 100%. See: http://www.physorg.com/news6243.html.
> No other Nuclear accident has resulted in anything like the extent of the Chernobyl disaster.
> Three Mile Island, which "everyone knows" led to massive contamination, disease and death, didn't actually do any of those things. 
> There was no large-scale contamination, at least not severe. If you were to visit the site on the day of the accident, and stay 
> there for a whole day, the additional radiation dose you would have received would be no more than the additinal radiation dose 
> from sitting on top of a mountain on a sunnmy day in a bathing costume. And there were no fatalities and no illnesses attributed 
> to Three Mile Island. Not a single one. So why do people think it did? I think it was just bad timing. It happened eleven days 
> after the film /The China Syndrome/, a thriller based around a fictional Nuclear meltdown, was released.
> In fact, with the single exception of Chernobyl, the largest number of deaths attributed to a Civilian Nuclear accident is 5. Yes, 
> that's right, it's not a typo. Five. That was in Japan, at Mihama 
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mihama_Nuclear_Power_Plant#August_9.2C_2004> Nuclear power station in August 2004.


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