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anigbrowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-02-09 01:55 PM
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17. Really? These links are not very relevant.
I get it, you thinknuclear power is a bad thing. but you argument is based on emotive language and hand-wringing rather than documenting actual consequences. I mean look at the OP, they mention that workers in Japan were exposed to 0.2 millisieverts. that's only 1% of the annual permitted safe dose in the UK (which has the strictest standards of radiation exposure). For context, that's about 1/3 of the radiation from a mammogram, or about the same as 2 chest x-rays. http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/safety/index.cfm?pg=sft...

I'm not saying that nuclear power doesn't have dangers, or that we shouldn't be ultra-careful about it. But lots of things have things have dangers; your complaints take no account of the actual risk involved, they're just 'OMG it's dangerous BAN IT'. That doesn't improve awareness, it's just panic.

Realistic criticism is only possible when you compare the risks and safety record of the nuclear power industry to the risks and safety record in other kinds of power generation. For example, compared witht he deaths or injuries resulting from the mining and burning of coal or oil, gas and so on.
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