Thursday, December 16, 2010

More on ‘going nuclear’

 

As our area’s public considers (though not in a very concrete way at all) the various forms of energy we will adopt in the future, there are many aspects of the energy issue we should consider: Climate Change, pollution, affects on wildlife and biodiversity, and how dangerous it is. 

Of course, we aren’t having much of a public dialogue on Energy and how future energy will affect our lives and our environment, but it would be a good idea. 

The market place, or the invisible hand of the market, is not a good way to plan the future as the invisible hand doesn’t give a hoot for the environment. 

This all matters because if we quietly choose nuclear power because it’s clean and easy on the Climate Change issue and we don’t address how dangerous it is, we could end up dealing with health problems for a long time if there is an accident. 

An accident at a nuclear power plant is different from a solar panel falling off your roof (though, I have never heard of one doing that):

40 years later, Nagasaki bomb still causes disease | Reuters "(Reuters Health) - Survivors of the World War II atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki continue to fall ill today as a result of the radiation they received, a surprising Japanese study shows. Researchers testing survivors between 1985 and 2004 found people who had received high levels of radiation from the bomb blast were eight times more likely to develop a rare blood disease than those exposed to low levels. "It adds evidence to the fact that radiation even at moderately low doses is hazardous, and the diseases you can get aren't only cancers," said David J. Brenner, who heads the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University in New York, and was not involved in the study. " (December 14, 2010) Business & Financial News, Breaking US & International News | Reuters.com

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