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Spoken by a true engineer.  You'll feel differently when one of those kw/h kills your family directly.  
by paving on Sat Jan 7th, 2012 at 06:20:40 PM EST
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And the people who die from lungcancer, other airway ailments and a gazillion toxic effects (coal), falling(renewable workers) and in natural gas explosions, are somehow not dead?
One should never forget that Deaths per kwh calculations have rather large errorbars, but they are the best way we have to evaluate the hazards of various generation systems.
by Thomas on Sun Jan 8th, 2012 at 05:11:03 AM EST
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It's somewhat meaningless to claim anything about deaths from Fukushima at this point. For one, you'll need at least a few more decades, as well as an open process. Second, the entire culture around medical statistics will have to evolve to more transparency and less obfuscation.

No one in their right mind ignores the lethal nature of coal as king killer, and the other fossils as part of a poison in this civilization.

PS. Fish count too, especially in Japan.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sun Jan 8th, 2012 at 08:36:09 AM EST
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A lot of people have missed that the supposedly open Western democratic free market state of Japan has actually been more secretive and less concerned with the fate of its citizens than the Stalinist socialist etc Soviet Union.

Not that the SU was a textbook example of openness. But it's still rather hard to find solid basic data for contamination and exposure from Fukushima.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jan 9th, 2012 at 09:08:49 AM EST
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A lot of people have missed that the supposedly open Western democratic free market state of Japan has actually been more secretive and less concerned with the fate of its citizens than the Stalinist socialist etc Soviet Union.

More secretive, yes. Less concerned with the fate of its citizens... that's hard to argue when you consider the sort of hazmat gear the Soviets sent their cleanup crews in with (or not).

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Jan 9th, 2012 at 09:21:03 AM EST
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Well - possibly.

One never knows if rumours like these are true.

But when TEPCO has such a reliable record of spin and terminological inexactitude, almost anything could be going on.

It's also interesting that the last radiation survey focused on external sources only and apparently made no attempt to check for internal contamination.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jan 9th, 2012 at 10:18:55 AM EST
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