Nuclear Energy: The Facts
Source: Michael Berry, Ph.D., Morning Notes (12/11/07)
“If you got all your electricity for your lifetime from nuclear power your total waste would weigh two pounds and fit into a Coke can.” This quote is from perhaps the most compelling account of the nuclear story, Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy, recently published by Gwyneth Cravens.
Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy.
In it she carefully examines each new fear about nuclear energy and shows the dreaded “what ifs” to be classic bogeymen.” She sums up her conclusions thusly.
“One day God could say to us: I gave you the brainiest men and women in human history to come up with an understanding of the atom and its nucleus. I gave you enough uranium and thorium to last for thousands of years. I gave you an understanding of how and when uranium releases its energy. You didn’t need to invent anything else. You had everything you needed to provide energy for yourselves and your descendants without harming the environment. What else did you want?”
Here are a few memorable quotes, “If you got all your electricity for your lifetime from nuclear power your total waste would weigh two pounds and fit into a Coke can.”
“On average every year fossil fuels expose the American population to about 100 times more low level radiation than nuclear plants do.” “People don’t want fossil fuels, don’t want nuclear, but nobody is willing to give up electricity.”
“Nuclear power uses a million times less raw material than do fossil energies and therefore produces a million times less waste.” “Secondhand tobacco smoke contains radium, radon gas and other short lived radium daughters like polonium 210 that are released when the tobacco is burned.
The exposure is as high as … 800 chest x-rays per year.”
Please read this book and educate yourself on the powers and necessity of a nuclear energy renaissance. Then write to your Congressional representatives.