In Support of Nuclear Power
These articles are not intended for book reviews; however, it’s important to highlight specific books that have an important message about energy.
For example, Wade Allison’s book, Radiation and Reason, was highlighted in the article, More on Radiation.
The slow death of America’s nuclear power industry is largely the result of anti-nuclear activists convincing legislatures and Americans that nuclear power isn’t safe.
The anti-nuclear crowd is wrong in this respect, and a new book by Meredith Angwin explains how average people can fight back against the antinuclear extremists.
Her book, Campaigning for Clean Air, is a “how to” book for people who want to support nuclear power and counteract extremists.
Campaigning for Clean Air also provides information about why nuclear power is safe and why the three nuclear accidents, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima, have not had the terrible consequences bandied about by extremists who oppose nuclear power.
One note that struck a chord was her description of how manipulating sample size can create the impression that, “Redheads are taking over the world.” Extremists use this technique to mislead people. It’s similar to the misleading “97% of scientists agree” consensus statement that is repeated ad nauseam by the media about climate change.
The “97% statement” is also based on a manipulation of sample size, while also distorting the truth, because nearly everyone agrees that climate is changing and that people have had some effect on climate. It’s also misleading because it doesn’t address the question: What’s causing global warming and climate change?
The earlier article mentioned above, also provided details of the Chernobyl and Three Mile Island accidents. Specifically:
“Chernobyl was the worst accident at a nuclear power plant and it killed 31 of the early responders in a short time. Subsequently, there have been reports of 4,000 thyroid cancers, but very few additional deaths. And Chernobyl was a poorly designed nuclear reactor without a containment structure, where the so-called accident was caused by inappropriate testing of the reactor.” (The reactor was known to be unstable at low load, but unauthorized testing proceeded anyway.)
“Three Mile Island, the only reactor accident in the United States, had virtually zero radiation released beyond the reactor.”
Two additional references on the Chernobyl accident mentioned in my article are:
- Annex J; Exposures and Effects of the Chernobyl Accident, by UNSCEAR
- Observations on Chernobyl after 25 Years of Radiofobia, by Zbigniew Jaworoski
Meredith Angwin has been an active supporter of nuclear power, and her book, Campaigning for Clean Air, describes many of her experiences. She uses these experiences to explain how anyone who is interested in this important energy source can support nuclear power and win over people and lawmakers, so they also support nuclear power.
Keeping our existing nuclear power plants is even more important after the debacle with Westinghouse declaring bankruptcy, which threatens the completion of the four reactors currently under construction.
Without popular support, nuclear power will continue its slow death in the United States, where there may be no nuclear power plants in operation by the end of this century.
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