Sunday 17 March 2019

Nuclear energy is not dangerous after all

It seems nuclear energy is not dangerous after all, unless you use it to drop a bomb. So says Michael Shellenberger, President of Environmental Progress, a think tank, writing in Forbes magazine. 

Radiation from Chernobyl will kill at most 200 people, while the radiation from Fukushima and Three Mile Island will kill nobody.

It seems the stuff we have been reading for years is untrue. 

Why are experts not more sceptical? 

"Les savants ne sont pas curieux",

as Freud said, quoting Anatole France. Absolutely right. 

This is true of all experts, especially biblical scholars, climatologists and, I regret to say, historians.

It reminds me of a popular American car bumper sticker from 1980:
"More people died at Chappaquiddick than died at Three Mile Island."
Left-wing American politicians are even less sceptical about things that fit their world view. A surge of emotion that overcomes them, when they think they are trying to protect innocent people against powerful bad ones, stops them from thinking clearly. They are always lionesses protecting their young.

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