I saw a movie on Netflix named, Pandora’s Promise. It was interviews with all manner of people who used to be against nuclear power plants, but changed their minds. ‘Good’ environmentalists, mostly.
Their logic is that they were duped by other ‘Bad’ environmentalists into thinking nuclear power plants were bad and dangerous, but that not all that many people died from Chernobyl, and not all that many are dying from Fukushima. And that most of the time nukes are cleaner than coal and don’t kill as many people.
These ‘Good’ Environmentalists understand that without nuclear power they can’t do anything about climate change, which of course, they haven’t been duped by Bad Environmentalists about. All that stuff about health consequences of radiation exposure was BS. Bad Science. Whereas, everything about climate change is GOOD science. “How dare they,” one pro-nuclear environmentalist shouts of climate change ‘deniers’, “Deny SCIENCE? This isn’t the DARK ages.”
Convincing movie. Leads me to think we were all duped a lot earlier than that, back when the USSR was making such a nuisance of itself. We could have bombed those people back to the stone age if we’d never had our heads confused about fallout shelters, genetic drift, mutants, nuclear winter and all the rest. Hell, if someone had told us the only thing we had to worry about was the blast, EMP, shockwaves rolling around knocking things down, firestorms, hell, I think we’re all big enough we could have handled that.
What Fukushima actually proves is they’re spending way too much money building safety features into those nuclear power plants. Those they had didn’t help, and when the whole thing went south it just hasn’t been all that bad.
Plus there are a lot of people alive today who wouldn’t be if we hadn’t let ourselves be duped into believing getting nuked would be a bad thing because of radioactive fallout.
It’s a heartbreaker.