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But there remain lots of people who believe low-level radiation is not dangerous

Dangerous compared to what?

Dangerous compared to coal mining? That depends on how much you weigh human suffering today (dead coal miners) over human suffering tomorrow (elevated risk of radiation effects).

Dangerous compared to global warming? I'd take a doubling of the gamma background any day of the week.

Dangerous compared to going without electricity? Well, no. Not in any reasonable estimation of the consequences of going without electricity.

Dangerous compared to harvesting wind or solar power? Obviously, yes.

Dangerous compared to basing your civilisation exclusively on harvesting sustainable energy sources? That remains to be seen, but I strongly suspect that the answer is yes.

What Fukushima has demonstrated is that current nuclear technology is not failsafe. And that is obviously not sustainable, given the disruptions and casualties from a serious failure. It may be acceptable for a bridging technology, though, depending on what the alternatives are.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Jun 23rd, 2011 at 06:03:39 AM EST
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