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You will not be surprised to hear that the events in Japan have changed my view of nuclear power. You will be surprised to hear how they have changed it. As a result of the disaster at Fukushima, I am no longer nuclear-neutral. I now support the technology.
A crappy old plant with inadequate safety features was hit by a monster earthquake and a vast tsunami. The electricity supply failed, knocking out the cooling system. The reactors began to explode and melt down. The disaster exposed a familiar legacy of poor design and corner-cutting(1). Yet, as far as we know, no one has yet received a lethal dose of radiation.
by rootless2 on Sun Jun 12th, 2011 at 12:55:58 PM EST
The correct phrasing is that no immediate deaths due to radiation exposure to members of the public have been announced yet by the government. Long term impact to the public, deaths of workers not yet attributed to radiation exposure, and upcoming premature deaths of workers exposed to fatal doses but not dead yet--those sorts of things are to be excluded...
by asdf on Sun Jun 12th, 2011 at 01:21:07 PM EST
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Britain needs nukes to power its textile mills and blast furnaces!
by asdf on Sun Jun 12th, 2011 at 01:23:32 PM EST
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not to mention pin factories.
by rootless2 on Sun Jun 12th, 2011 at 03:53:43 PM EST
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