Friday, March 25, 2011


How Dangerous is Nuclear Power?

Quite a show stopper! Time to rethink everything it seems.

Perhaps, we might even rethink our levels of consumption and our addiction to the cheap energy that makes it possible.

From Seth's Blog

For every person killed by nuclear power generation, 4,000 die due to coal, adjusted for the same amount of power produced... You might very well have excellent reasons to argue for one form over another. Not the point of this post. The question is: did you know about this chart? How does it resonate with you?

Vivid is not the same as true. It's far easier to amplify sudden and horrible outcomes than it is to talk about the slow, grinding reality of day to day strife. That's just human nature. Not included in this chart are deaths due to global political instability involving oil fields, deaths from coastal flooding and deaths due to environmental impacts yet unmeasured, all of which skew it even more if you think about it.

This chart unsettles a lot of people, because there must be something wrong with it. Further proof of how easy it is to fear the unknown and accept what we've got.

No form of energy production is totally risk-free. A comparative analysis of the dangers associated with various forms is here.

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