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Ziggy Switkowski’s superficial views on Fukushima and nuclear power for Australia

Ziggy points out that there seem to have been no deaths directly linked to radiation. But his treatment of morbidity among those living near Fukushima (disease where the clinical picture is yet to become apparent) is at best superficial. The fact that the data are not yet observable does not prove they will be inconsequential……

There is no way the current government is going to back nuclear power. The few in the Australian Labour party who wanted to open that debate have been quiet since Fukushima.

Nuclear Power in Australia? Still a viable option?  Aussie news and Views 17 June 11 A reasoned post Fukushima comment on nuclear power? The article by Ziggy Switkowski published by The Australian is titled “Nuclear is part of the future” . It ends with: “no technology ticks as many mandatory boxes as nuclear power”. It deserves a closer look……..

  1. Ziggy points out that there seem to have been no deaths directly linked to radiation. But his treatment of morbidity among those living near Fukushima (disease where the clinical picture is yet to become apparent) is at best superficial. The fact that the data are not yet observable does not prove they will be inconsequential.
  2. And his comment on radiation effects among those who worked at the nuclear site disregards evidence of serious high radiation exposure.
  3. The nuclear reactors did withstand the earthquake. But as is now crystal clear the sea defences against the tsunami were based on a totally inadequate wave height model.
  4. The event has changed the way Australians consider nuclear power. About half were in favour before the event. Now, 60% are against it and only 40% are in favour (in those who responded to the question).
  5. Ziggy suggests that those in favour see that the technology may be safe in more benign geologies.In practical terms of course the views of the 40% are irrelevant. There is no way the current government is going to back nuclear power. The few in the Australian Labour party who wanted to open that debate have been quiet since Fukushima.
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June 21, 2011 - Posted by | people

1 Comment »

  1. This denial based on immediate deaths is industry spin and being used universally amongst the shills.

    Of course it is rubbish.

    It is also extremely heartless and denies the enormous suffering of the people.

    It also neatly leaves out 46 deaths due to the need to evacuate.

    Comment by Richard Werkhoven | June 21, 2011 | Reply


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