quote: Nuclear is expensive
quote: accidents tend to become disasters
quote: we still don't know what to do with all the tens of thousands of spent fuel cores
quote: much less the millions of tons lof low level radioactive waste.
quote: The Luddites are out in force
quote: - Even with Chernobyl and Fukushima, nuclear power is the safest power generation source man has invented in terms of deaths per TWh generated. Wind is about 4x more dangerous (mostly due to workers falling from towers). Solar about 10x (deaths from rooftop falls during installation). Hydro about 35x more dangerous (2.5x if you exclude Banqiao). And coal about 1500x more dangerous. If you want to save lives, you should be advocating shutting down all these more dangerous power sources and replacing them with nuclear.
quote: Something like falling deaths are easily preventable if the workers followed strict guidelines.
quote: What about ones beyond someone's control like natural disasters, malfunction equipment that was hard to detect, etc. In these cases the danger of nuclear far exceeds wind and solar.
quote: If nuclear power never existed, then neither would nuclear meltdowns, nuclear waste, contamination, etc.
quote: there are still other issues like natural disasters
quote: If windmills and solar panels never existed, people would still be falling to their deaths.
quote: Terrorists can easily target a nuclear reactor, take control of it and make it go critical, causing death,destruction and mass evacuations.
quote: - The worst power generation accident in history was the failure of a series of hydroelectric dams (Banqiao). Estimated 150,000-230,000 dead, 11 million refugees, 6 million buildings destroyed. Do you consider that to be a reason to dismantle all hydroelectric dams? If not, then why the double-standard with nuclear?
quote: A 2007 study (which was republished in English by the New York Academy of Sciences) analyzed medical records from 1986-2004 and calculated that 985,000 people died premature deaths due to radiation from Chernobyl. The death toll continues to mount and the region will be unsafe for thousands of years in the future. See: http://www.nyas.org/publications/annals/Detail.asp...
quote: In the opinion of this reviewer, the authors unfortunately did not appropriately analyze the content of the Russian-language publications, for example, to separate them into those that contain scientific evidence and those based on hasty impressions and ignorant conclusions. Therefore, the main conclusions of Yablokov, Nesterenko, and Nesterenko are the odd mixture of facts (e.g., increased thyroid cancer in children in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine) and uncorroborated statements of mass mortality in emergency and recovery workers caused by radiation, abnormalities in newborns, etc.
quote: The list of cited references in the translation (Yablokov et al. 2009) indicates that the authors avoided the most respectable papers of Russian-language authors, which received serious international peer review and were published in respected journals. These hundreds of journal articles by authors from Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine were analyzed in detail by teams of independent international experts and became the basis for generalizations of the UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR 1988, 2000, 2008) and the UN Chernobyl Forum (IAEA 2006, WHO 2006, UNDP 2002, Forum 2006). Careful analysis of already peer-reviewed publications with the final separation of “grain from the chaff” is the key to the objectivity of the findings of these international bodies. It is no wonder that the UNSCEAR reports are the most authoritative source of modern knowledge––in its own way, "the bible of radiation medicine."
quote: Some experts are already predicting that Fukushima will cause more deaths than Chernobyl.
quote: In terms of real-world effects, TMI was almost a non-incident.