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How Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown Saved The World: Greens Routed

by | 22nd, March 2011

READING the press you might have formed a belief that the Fukushima nuclear reactors were going to kill everyone in Japan and then everyone in the US and Ireland. The Irish Independent thundered:

Explosion could send contamination to Ireland

Paul Melia told us:

Not until last year did the UK Food Standards Agency declare that the Scottish sheep industry was free of radioactive material from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. Despite being more than 2,000km away…

Two points to note: Ireland is 10,000 miles from Japan; Chernobyl has little in common with Fukushima.

No-one has died from the nuclear power plant bing hit by the 5th largest earthquake of the past century and a 44 foot tsunami. You can thank great engineering and Japan’s mastery of technology for that.

If you want to look at the perils of power, look  at coal :

52 feared dead in Pakistan coal mine explosion

Tim Blair observes:

According to sources cited by England’s Daily Telegraph columnist James Delingpole, 44 people have been killed in wind farm accidents over the past decade. By comparison, only seven people have perished at nuclear facilities over the same period…

According to the European Nuclear Society, one kilogram of coal will yield about 8 kWh of heat. One kilogram of uranium-235, however, will yield around 24,000,000 kWh. So uranium requires less digging – and therefore less risk – for two to three million times the payoff.

Think how many lives will be saved by nuclear power? Japan’s Fukushima reactors might have saved the planet.

George Monbiot, the Green Shirt, is now a fan of nuclear power. That’s the same power Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP, told Newsnight viewers was inherently dangerous “. Says he :

Every energy technology carries a cost; so does the absence of energy technologies. Atomic energy has just been subjected to one of the harshest of possible tests, and the impact on people and the planet has been small. The crisis at Fukushima has converted me to the cause of nuclear power.

But the media does not listen. Get this from the  Daily Mail :

As five are reported dead, will nuclear officials ever reveal the true heroics of Japan’s ‘Fukushima Fifty’?

The paper gives it the sideways eyes:

Fifty essential workers stayed behind to stop a catastrophic meltdown at the plant, as 750 of their colleagues were evacuated earlier this week when the over-heating seemed to be getting out of control.

What meltdown?

Five are now believed to have died, 15 are injured and others have said they know the radiation will kill them as they battle to cool overheating reactors and spent fuel rods.

The inference is clear: nuclear kills. And on it goes:

At the height of the disaster some experts speculated that the workers were on a suicide mission.

Only, they didn’t die from

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