Skip to main content

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.

Popular posts from this blog

Bukirk Glamping - Camping in Style, Clare Valley, South Australia

Glamping is for those who want to experience the outdoor lifestyle of camping without foregoing the luxuries of basic motel accommodation.

Bukirk (pronounced 'Buh -kirk') Glamping, located on a rural property, in the Clare Valley, just outside of Clare, South Australia, is by far one of the best accommodation experiences my partner and I have enjoyed to date. Although Bukirk's Facebook page says you could bring a family (I guess additional bedding can be arranged?), everything is more clearly targeted at couples, looking for a romantic getaway where the accommodation is a memorable part of the experience, and not just somewhere to stay.

BEILEXING Autocycle Style ABS Cartoon Building Brick - 378pcs - COLORMIX - Motorcycle kit Product Review

The first time I saw the Beilexing Brick Motorcycle Kit I thought it was nothing short of stunning. I'm not even a fan of motorcycles in general but the detail of this set and how much it captured the spirit of a real world motorcycle really impressed me.

Then I saw the set cost considerably less than a similar sized kit from the Lego Technic range I just couldn't pass it up.

When the kit arrived it did not disappoint. Made from ABS plastic the bricks are fully compatible with, and are of comparable quality to, official Lego bricks. I did notice that the tires and chain links seemed a little less sturdy than their Lego equivalents but beyond that you'd be hard pressed to say the quality of the parts wasn't almost as good.

The model is 35.00 x 10.00 x 6.00 cm / 13.78 x 3.94 x 2.36 inches in size and should be no trouble for intermediate to advanced builders to construct with a clear, and easy to follow instruction manual.

A sheet of decals is included for you to stick …

Virtual Reality Addiction Meets Online Shopping and Death!

I'm certainly not the first person to predict the idea of immersive virtual worlds. Movies like Tron (1982) and The Lawnmower Man (1992) are two of the earliest popular culture references to the concept I can think of, off the top of my head. Then of course there is The Matrix (1999) where the VR world idea really hit the mainstream big time.

However, back in early 2005, the practice of online shopping, with real money, for digital products in virtual worlds like Second Life (which was more cutting edge back then) began to meld in my mind with the idea of corporations controlling that experience through marketing and advertising.

The Awkward Amy Schumer Interview That Wasn't Her Fault

Last week comedian Amy Schumer participated in a very awkward interview with Mamamia, Columnist/Journalist/Senior Editor (sorry I'm not sure which job description is most appropriate) Monique Bowley. The interview went so badly that Monique simply had to just own it and write about just how badly it went, and podcast about it as well. Even better the whole interview was captured on video which you can watch below as a precursor to my thoughts on the aftermath.

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.