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Weird pro nuclear spin about solar energy being more dangerous than nuclear

Should We Be Concerned About Low Levels of Radiation?’ a talk by Dr.Ian Fairlie

Derek Abbott Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia March 18  Thought for the day: When nuclear apologists gleefully announce that more solar panel workers die falling off roofs than nuclear workers from radiation, their excitement is not only creepy but the sentiment is flawed on three counts.

1) The long term effects of radiation accidents haven’t been fully quantified as we have not yet had long term post-Chernobyl empirical experience.

2) The chance of death on the road is over a 1000 times higher than in flight. Yet we all know that air travel is potentially much more dangerous than road transport. And because it is so much more dangerous, the governance around flight is much more strict. We are seeing relatively few immediate deaths from nuclear precisely because it is so strictly controlled. People falling off roofs is tragic: but it does not absolve nuclear. Instead it does tell us we need to increase roof worker safety standards.

3) Solar penetrates urban areas in a distributed fashion, whereas nuclear is placed away from urban centres. So the comparison is not fair to begin with. If we hypothetically replaced domestic solar panels with small nuclear reactors at each house, this decentralized penetration of nuclear would be open to many more mishaps. This would be the correct comparison https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021186047913052/

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March 20, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, spinbuster

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  1. Reblogged this on AGR Daily News Service.

    Comment by A Green Road Project | March 20, 2017 | Reply


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