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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Comparative Risks -- Coal, Sprouts, and Nuclear Reactors

Jerry Pournelle on the comparative dangers of nuclear reactors and organic farms:

On Fukushima:
The silence of the media and activists is deafening
One German organic farm has killed twice as many people as the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the Gulf Oil spill combined. The death toll is now 33
Hello? Environmental groups? Journalists? Hello?
Precisely. So far as I know, no one off site was injured by Fukushima. Yes, it was a mess, and a lot worse than Three Mile Island: but like TMI it was a terribly expensive test to destruction that demonstrated the comparative safety of nuclear power. More people are killed in coal mines and at railroad grade crossings for coal trains than by nuclear power generation. Per kilowatt it's safer than anything else I know.
 Read the whole thing here.

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