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The Nuclear Nightmare

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« on: April 11, 2011, 02:41:34 pm »

The American Propensity for Self-Promotion around obvious issues knows 'no limits'?

 .. When my Mum contracted and then died of Pancreatic Cancer in 1963, and I made a possible link to the Massive Fallout from Britain's original and first Civil Nuclear Reactor "Pile Fire", 60miles up the road, about 4 yrs earlier at 'Calder-Hall'* it was obviously in the back of my mind, intuitively, without scientific education about the subject at that point that Nukes are not safe.

*(subsequently renamed, 'Windscale', then 'Sellafield').

I became enthused with cancer issues, avoiding smoking for at least 35 years, and dedicated many adventures to investigating and doing radiation surveys, published in a National Newspaper in later years.

But since 1979, with Three-Mile Island, (an event that occured 3 months after the release of the Jack Lemon movie "The China Syndrome"), and then with Chernobyl, it should be obvious that Nuclear Power is at least 'playing with the fire of prometheus'.

However, many of the American friends I gained at the period of the 70's who were some of the world's most outspoken anti-nuclear activists, whom were linked with hippy Lawyer Albert Bates and the 'SHUTDOWN' hearings in the Supreme US court, quickly became turncoats, because of their 'hippyish' roots, using the anti-nuclear card primarily to argue for a de-industrialisation of the US and indeed eventually the whole western world, with fervour, and also today they now support the vain assumptions of the 'Peak Oil' marginalists.

What is your take on the balance required between unbridled industrial expansion that Nuclear Civil Power can promise and once did, and the Safety issues? Is such a trade-off ever worth it?
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"When the righteous become many, the people rejoice; but when anyone wicked bears rule, the people sigh".
Prov 29:2


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