Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Dangerous environmentalists

If it was at all necessary, here is further proof that environmentalists (at least those who are against nuclear energy) are both irrational and dangerous. According to the IAEA the damage wrought by the worse nuclear accident in history, the Chernobyl disaster, is much more limited than previously thought and has resulted in relatively few victims (which would have been even fewer had the Soviets not colossally mishandled the crisis):
The number of people killed by radiation as a result of the Chernobyl disaster, the world's worst nuclear accident, is so far 56, far lower than previously thought, the U.N. said on Monday.
A report compiled by the Chernobyl Forum, which includes eight U.N. agencies, said the final death toll was expected to reach about 4,000 -- much lower than some previous estimates -- and that the greatest damage to human health caused by the incident was psychological.
The disaster occurred at 1:24 a.m. on April 26, 1986, when an explosion at Reactor 4 of the Ukrainian power plant spewed a cloud of radioactivity over Europe and the Soviet Union, particularly contaminating Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.
If one subscribes to the idea that Hurricane Katrina, which may have killed up to 10,000 people, was caused by global warming (which is total bollocks) and that global warming in general causes untold natural disasters (which is far from clear) then opposing the development of nuclear energy, whose safety has vastly improved since Chernobyl and which is the only realistic way to lower carbon emissions and to otherwise improve the environment, means that environmentalists (according to their thinking) are condemning hundreds of thousands of people to die in order to avoid rather remote and solvable safety problems inherent in nuclear energy. Shame on them.

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