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Liberation Angel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-03-09 01:27 PM
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70. I am not comparing nukes to coal plants, BUT...
I do claim that the effects are worse overall in terms of cancers and types of radionuclides emitted.

I do not support coal energy either as a solution to our energy needs.

Red herring.

As for the nuke/tobacco comparison it is very apt: since proving a given cancer (say lung) is caused primarily by the exposure to one factor (smoking or nuclear esposure) is hard to do exceop epidemiologically.

If you smoke and work in a nuke plant your risk of lung cncer increases by something like a factor of ten. WHICH caused it? Which was the PRIMARY cause of the lung cancer.

The problem is that EVERY exposure plays or may play a role in the development of cancer and the bog nuclear corporations, like Tobacco companies, have used this as their primary defense against personal injury lawsuits and liability.

If you die of brain or bone cancer and ypu live next to both a chemical plant AND a nuke plant WHICH can you (or your family, rather) prove is the culprit?

If you ever saw "A Civil Action" you may remember the comapny claiming that MAYBE it was the teflon cookware that gave people drinking chemicals in their water from a Monsanto plant cancer and NOT the chemicals.

The reason that there has been little litigation on this is that there is not a law firm operating that has the resources to go up against the Nuclear monsters of the global corporate energy/weapons conglomerates. Remember, too, that those who produce energy with nukes can also produce bomb-grade nuclear materiel.
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