[ RadSafe ] Climate change health effects costs - Nuclear Energy Benefit and magnitude of risk
SAFarber at optonline.net
Fri Nov 11 16:55:31 CST 2011
A study appearing online today, is being published in a true peer
reviewed journal -- the November issue of the journal Health Affairs. See:
"Six Climate Change–Related Events In The United States Accounted For
About $14 Billion In Lost Lives And Health Costs"
Health Aff November 2011 30:112167-2176;
A news summary of above journal article [the full article is by
subscription to the Journal, Health Affairs, or single article purchase
The above analysis highlights, to any right-headed sentient person, the
incentive for non-fossil fuel power generation, including the beneficial
contribution of nuclear generation by over 400 nuclear plants worldwide.
PLEASE, let's not make this post a stimulus to a contentious online debate
about whether or not Global Warming is real or if real is occuring due to
humanity's actions. That ship has sailed, and to argue against it makes a
person appear as beyond-the-fringe. The public, media, legislators, and
regulators have made that decision.
There is no need for anyone to try and argue that radiation exposure as it
exists from background, medical uses, global fallout, Consumer, Misc.
Industrial, and nuclear energy [from highest to absolute lowest
integrated exposure] is a minimal to trivial risk, while at the same time
trying to argue that global warming does not exist.
For the record, per the recent NCRP 160, "Ionizing Radiation Exposure of
the Population of the US", a summation of radiation exposure is tabulated
below in person Sv:
Ubiquitous Background: 933,000 person Sv
Industrial [non-nuclear power]: 1,000
Nuclear Power: 150 [less that 0.01% of total]
TOTAL: 1,870,000 person Sv
Amazingly, there are reports that some "scientists" try to make a
lucrative career out of distorting the most basic issues of radiation
dosimetry and risk, while exploiting trivial integrated radiation exposure
from Nuclear Power. I have even heard that there may be some con men who
attempt to terrify the Japanese public for example into such actions as
buying little radiation detox mineral/multivitamin strength tablets at
almost $100 per bottle. These extremist interests would have society
squander over $1 trillion by shutting down a beneficial technology like
today's worldwide nuclear electric generation capacity, for their petty
ego gratification and financial interests. Is such a thing possible?
Stewart Farber, MS Public Health
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