January 15, 2014
I’ll Be Damned…

…I never knew that. But Stewart Brand does, so it must be true:

The linear no-threshold (LNT) radiation dose hypothesis, which surreally influences every regulation and public fear about nuclear power, is based on no knowledge whatever. Panic-mongers said Fukushima would kill thousands, but no one has died.

At stake are the hundreds of billions spent on meaningless levels of “safety” around nuclear power plants and waste storage, the projected costs of next-generation nuclear plant designs to reduce greenhouse gases worldwide, and the extremely harmful episodes of public panic that accompany rare radiation-release events such as Fukushima and Chernobyl. (No birth defects whatever were caused by Chernobyl, but fear of them led to 100,000 panic abortions in the Soviet Union and Europe. What people remember about Fukushima is that nuclear opponents predicted that hundreds or thousands would die or become ill from the radiation. In fact nobody died, nobody became ill, and nobody is expected to.)



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at January 15, 2014 04:50 PM
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"In fact nobody died, nobody became ill, and nobody is expected to."

I guess the 70-plus U.S. Navy personnel with diagnosed symptoms of radiation poisoning are only malingerers, after all.

Posted by: Phil on January 15, 2014 5:57 PM

"No birth defects whatever were caused by Chernobyl"

Even a cursory search on The Interwebs tells a very different story. Horrific photographs. Heartbreaking reports from children's advocacy groups and governmental agencies.

It could all be a farce, but the evidence that Chernobyl did in fact cause birth defects seems overwhelming.

Posted by: Mark on January 15, 2014 6:06 PM



All in good time. These things must be done *delicately*.

Posted by: joel hanes on January 15, 2014 10:59 PM

Im not sure why you posted this. Patently untrue statements.

Posted by: James Kelly on January 15, 2014 11:43 PM

Keep in mind that coal and gas emissions have sickened, and killed and will kill plenty of people over the years. Certainly that number is well into the 100,000's of Americans over the years. What I find intriguing is the new much smaller scale nuclear plant designs that Gates and others are funding. The idea is that if they malfunction, then the resulting mess is much more easily contained.

Posted by: on January 16, 2014 8:45 AM

Gee, so all those 'unnecessary' abortions…did they check the fetuses for defects? Of course not….so yeah, more blowing lies out of one's ass. Because the power companies wouldn't lie...

Posted by: Syrbal/Labrys on January 16, 2014 1:30 PM

Long ago I read an article about the Savannah River Nuclear Plant, otherwise known around our area as the "Bumb Plant" if spelled in the colloquial speech of the time. Now known as the cleanup area.

At any read the article went on to describe withered pines growing all around the area. Unfortunately the writer was not familiar with the South Carolina Sandhills and what are known that grow in those places, which are called scrub pines for a good reason. They are scrubby little things.

At any rate, I never had as single relative die of radiation poisoning. But I did have a grandfather who lost all his relatives to the Stasi.

So it goes.

Posted by: BP on January 18, 2014 5:48 PM
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