[ RadSafe ] Jeff Purcell Cornell Article ..
sandyfl at cox.net
Thu Apr 26 09:22:42 CDT 2007
I'll agree and disagree with Franz's comments.
* I agree with the comment that "To complain about those obvious
nonsensical news on mass media is in my opinion not enough.
* I agree with the comment but it might be necessary that
electricity supply would have to break down in order to demonstrate the
dependency on electricity.
* I disagree with the comment that "Political considerations are
opposed to such activities in most countries and in my own country (Austria)
the relevant webpage of my former Ministry deals with the "anti-nuclear
politics of Austria".
Where there has been any involvement in US Govt. websites, most notably NRC,
DOE, etc., there is positive information provided on nuclear energy. In
France and many other countries the governments do post pro-nuclear
information. So its not all negative.
Once can debate what should be scanned from the media and then provided to a
professional forum. Here in the USA we have freedom of the press and the
right to free speech. That doesnt mean that all speech is legitimate,
doesnt mean that its accurate, honest or with integrity. Some, a very few
individuals who I can count on less than the fingers on one hand, have
questioned why some of my postings include articles that are anti-nuclear or
do not include all the facts as they truly are. The point has been and
remains, I post what the media posts and what the public is exposed to
pun intended. We in the industry to better educate the public have to
understand what the public is being told and determine what they believe in
order to provide the facts and then let the public decide. The nuclear
option while mostly a political debate is also one that the public has a
large stake in and they do have clout when it does come to decision making.
I disagree with the statement
* I can only say that any "education of the public" could only
occur by the government.
It is well known that the public generally does not trust government or the
power companies either. Scientists arent believed because for every
scientist who states a pro-nuclear view, there is one or two that directly
oppose that view. Imagine, if the scientific community can not agree on the
basis of LNT, for how many decades, what do you think the public believes?
Look at the scandals in Japan for instance, regarding the lies told to the
public about the safety of their nuclear plants. Do you think that the
anti-nuclear entities would have any problems debating their government when
it comes to attacking nuclear power?
In summary, the public has the right to read what they read. The press in
this country is free. Professional organizations have the right and duty to
provide accurate information. In the end, the public needs to hear all sides
of an issue and then they need to form a decision, an opinion, based on the
best information available. Nobody is going to force a decision either pro
or anti down the throats of an educated public.
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>From Franz Schönhofer
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 3:36 PM
To complain about those obvious nonsensical news on massmedia is in my
opinion not enough. To use the ridiculous term of "educating the public",
preferably by sending answers to papers etc. is of no use."
Having been for an unfortunate and unsatisfying five-years period a
"regulator" in Austria and having been involved actually decades before that
in the debate on nuclear power in Austria I can only say that any "education
of the public" could only occur by the government. Political considerations
are opposed to such activities in most countries and in my own country
(Austria) the relevant webpage of my former Ministry deals with the
"anti-nuclear politics of Austria". Sorry to say, but it might be necessary
that electricity supply would have to break down in order to demonstrate the
dependency on electricity - sorry, not correct, this would be reported in
the news media as blackmail of the Nuclear Lobby.
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