Skip to main content
Now building my TET.Life Store.

Japan's Nuclear Crisis - Statistically Safer than Air Travel

I was watching The 7PM Project on Channel Ten and the topic was the safety of Nuclear power in the light of the Japan Nuclear disaster.

Japan's Fukushim Nuclear
Plant Explodes 
Japan's Nuclear Power Plant explosions are considered to be arguably the worst nuclear power disasters ever - even if nothing else went wrong from this point onwards (noting that at the time I'm writing this events are still unfolding).

One of the 7PM Project's panelists, Andrew Bolt,  from a pro-nuclear power support position came up with the statement that '...even if you take the Chernobyl Nuclear meltdown only 65 people have ever died from that accident'. So that makes nuclear power safe then?

Fortunately his co-panelist, Charlie Pickering, pointed out that this figure did not take into account all the people who got sick from that melt down but, as it was the end of the show, didn't have time to mention the environmental impact as well.

However, how many times have you heard the often quoted phrase 'If this saves just one life then it will be worth it'? They use it all the time for all kinds of 'safety' campaigns.

Apparently, if not building a nuclear power plant saves just one person from dying in a meltdown... well it just doesn't have the same tug at the heart strings.

Building a nuclear power plant is a choice. The more of them that are built the more likely the chance of a meltdown. A meltdown is not an insignificant event. Apart from the immediate threat, the after effects can be ongoing for decades.

Excuse me if I don't want to be a part of that.

Nuclear power is not safe - heck it's not even clean. Storing Nuclear waste does not make it clean.

That aside, it's shocking to me that a death toll of greater than zero can be used to justify the safety of anything.

Unfortunately that's the way the world is. It doesn't work on absolutes. Statistically (so I've heard) plane travel is safer than travelling by car but people have died doing both. Yet we don't outlaw planes or cars because if nothing goes wrong they're both perfectly safe modes of transport and the benefits out weigh the deaths.

It's the same with nuclear power. If nothing goes wrong it's perfectly safe. It's just that when it does go wrong badly, the consequences are a lot worse than crashing an airliner full of people into a field (and not as environmentally friendly either).

Statistically more people have died in plane crashes than nuclear power plant meltdowns. So that makes nuclear power plants perfectly safe, right? Just so long as it's not anyone you know that died.

Sometimes this idea that something is safe based on statistical figures is just wrong if you're comparing lives lost.

Why does it make sense to build nuclear power plants that have the potential to wipe out entire regions if something goes wrong?

...and something will go wrong, as Japan shows. Maybe you can minimise human error but you can't minimise mother nature. Even if you plan for it, like Japan does.

Let's keep Australia Nuclear power free.


Related Products on Amazon:

Comments

  1. oh so good .... I like your blogger post because you talking about Health Articles and i like any thing or any post talking about it as Sexual hygiene so i will be happy if your visit my site Articles4health.Info

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Comments not directly related to the post will be deleted. This includes spammy generic comments with links to websites not related to the post.


Buy Gifts and Apparel featuring art by TET

Popular posts from this blog

Guest Post: MY SOOPER DOOPER NEW CONSERVATORY/ART STUDIO!

Today's guest post is by Artist, Writer, and Mental Health Advocate, Jo B Creative who writes for her blog, Creating My Oddessey.

You should see our (almost) brand new conservatory, half of which is my art studio. 'Lucky me!' I think to myself. Not every creative bod can boast that. It's HUGE! Like a giant greenhouse.

We first moved to our pleasant cul-de-sac house - great for raising kids - when our son, who's on the cusp of thirty-one, was four. One of the main reasons that we wanted it was that, apart from its location on the fringes of a historic market town in rural Hampshire, UK, it had a sizable conservatory looking onto the back garden. It was brown wood framed and had a corrugated transparent roof sloping down from downstairs ceiling height. On the face of it, it doesn't sound that glamourous, but we loved the idea of a conservatory. Luxury! I even liked the red brick walls which it was built against - the original exterior of the house - and the light …

Finding Time to Skate - Swap a Skateboard Session into Your Weekly Workout Routine

A common problem among skaters dealing with work/life commitments (typically older skaters with families, careers, or both) is finding the time to actually spend on a skateboard. In fact, life in general getting in the way of skateboarding, is what often leads so many to drop out of the sport, only to rediscover it later, once everything else starts to even out.

I'm certainly in that category. Never really giving skateboarding away altogether but only using a skateboard to get from A to B, when I didn't have a vehicle, for many years. In the last couple of years I've been trying to get back into the sport properly, i.e. building up my trick list and skating for fun and not just to get from A to B.

The problem is I have so many interests, projects, paid work, and more, that I would often leave skateboarding to the end of my day. Kind of as something to look forward to. Except I wouldn't be that motivated to really improve because my mind would be fried from everything …

The Star Wars Saga: Episode II, Attack of the Clones *All Spoilers*

Continuing my series of posts, as one of my local TV stations shows every Star Wars movie in order, every Saturday, for the next six weeks leading up to the release of Star Wars, Episode VII, The Force Awakens, here is my response to and thoughts on Star Wars, Episode II, Attack of the Clones.

After The Phantom Menace I just wasn't interested in seeing Episode II in the cinema. I don't think I made any effort to see it or even had any anticipation for it's release.

Movie Review: Deadpool 2 (2018) *Spoiler Free*

Deadpool 2 is a fun black comedy on par with the first film. Right now I can't really say one is better than the other but I can say they're equally as good.

Before seeing Deadpool 2 I watched the first movie. My take is, if you do like the first one better, much of that is down to never having seen a Deadpool movie before, and then having that film just knock it right out of the park. (I feel the same about the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. The first one has the edge because I'd never seen that kind of movie before with those characters).

Kids today are smarter than their parents?

How often have you heard it said that kids today are smarter than their parents? I’ve heard it quite frequently in the media – even Dr Phil has said it. I say speak for your self. It’s not true and don’t let the media fool you.

Today’s kids may have access to more information that may give them more choices but in my experience, they only take in what they want to hear and still make stupid, uninformed decisions. Just like we used to at their age.

Like any cross section of people there will be exceptions. There are kids that are genuinely smarter, more mature and responsible for their age. However the vast majority know everything they need to know by the time they turn fourteen. They’re ‘adult’ enough to be responsible for all their own decision making so parents should just let them do what they please…right? Just like we thought at fourteen.

Don’t be fooled. Just because your son knows how to download MP3’s onto an ipod, or your daughter can chat to five friends at the same time on he…

Movie Review: Joker (2019) *Spoiler Section*

From the moment I saw the first teaser trailer for Joker I was interested to see yet another take on, arguably, Batman's most famous villain.

It's not a movie that I ever thought we needed but I'm sure glad it exists despite it giving the Joker an unnecessary origin story. However, if the Joker was to have a definitive origin story, this one is the one I would lean towards.

Arthur Fleck is a working clown for hire and an aspiring stand up comedian.  A series of unfortunate events sets this one time dreamer down a darker path that leads to him becoming the Joker.

Much has been made of this film's influences, specifically movies like Taxi and The King of Comedy. As a source of inspiration, going outside of comic books, has really made for a more believable and less fantastical story. Some critics say it references these movies too closely but if so, I personally think that helps a lot to keep the film grounded.

As everything unwinds nothing is too far fetched beyond wha…

Movie Review: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) *Spoiler Free*

Ten years in the making and Marvel finally releases part one of the Avengers versus Thanos, A.K.A. Avengers: Infinity War.

After seeing all 18 films in the MCU prior to this, and liking most of them, I was pretty confident this movie would not disappoint.

Other than a few minor issues - that are all my personal taste and in no way reflect on the quality of the film - it really delivers. Thanos is indeed the big, bad villain of the MCU that we've been antcipating.