I can still get furious. And I am just that.
Now the apologists have found a new way of telling us, the Fukushima accident is not really bad at all. Look at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, so many survivors live there still, which belies all concern that exposure to radiation makes you sick and leads to an earlier death. You may of course die immediately, but no one in Fukushima has, have they? They are more likely to die from smoking and get sick of the psychological impact of the catastrophe.
I’m talking about today’s comment in the NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) which should have been clearly marked with “inspired and paid for by the nuclear industry”, and which is, unfortunately ,not available online but parts must have taken more or less right from here.
Again: The comparison with the nuclear bombs is off! The only comparison possible is indeed Chernobyl and huge areas around this particular site are uninhabitable for generations to come. 20 years later children were born with massive birth defects and children were suffering from thyroid cancer in previously unheard of numbers. In Chernobyl one reactor exploded and dispatched radioactive material across Europe and the rest of the world. In Fukushima no such explosion has occurred. Luckily for us, we will not have to cope with fall out as serious as the one we had in 1986. But there are four reactors involved now. There will be a slowly-but-surely poisoning of the Pacific and a slowly-but-surely poisoning of the earth, the groundwater and drinking water supply of the surrounding areas. Maybe even the water supply of the Tokyo area with its 35 million inhabitants. Even in the best case scenario we have again made a huge strip of land uninhabitable to any life form, in the worst case we have managed to displace millions of people. But hey, that’s not a problem really, don’t lets panic, we are safe as houses and our reactors are safe as well.
Someone stop me, or I’ll go on and on and on and on…
Oh, and while I am at it, if you google “Chernobyl Disaster” the first and topmost hits are completely different to the ones you found pre Fukushima, now the “realistic” assessments are topmost, not the “alarmist” ones like from Greenpeace or some such lefties. Telling?
This is our open thread, There must have been other things going on, so tell us…