Nuclear reactor an unclean, dangerous source for energy

Sep 25, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Springfield News Leader

The Ameren Corporation recently announced it was considering building a new nuclear reactor next to its existing reactor at the Callaway plant, between Fulton and Jefferson City. via Springfield News Leader

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1 - 5 of 5 Comments Last updated Sep 26, 2007
steve

United States

#1 Sep 25, 2007
There is nothing more irresponsible than a person that strings together a bunch of facts, which if not presented in context, scare the average person who is not well-informed about the issue. This is no more than a thinly veiled attempt to sway public opinion using scare tactics. Why not describe all the lethal chemicals emitted by coal plants, the damage done to the environment by extracting and processing oil and lets not forget the dangerous chemicals used and hazardous waste created when creating solar cells. We each chose everyday the amount of electricity we use. Rather than throwing out of context facts to scare people, why don't we lay out the risks and benefits of each of the "proven" fuel sources and create a comprehensive plan that will provide what we desire - electricity with the least harm to the environment at a reasonable cost.
Dan

United States

#2 Sep 25, 2007
steve wrote:
There is nothing more irresponsible than a person that strings together a bunch of facts, which if not presented in context, scare the average person who is not well-informed about the issue. This is no more than a thinly veiled attempt to sway public opinion using scare tactics. Why not describe all the lethal chemicals emitted by coal plants, the damage done to the environment by extracting and processing oil and lets not forget the dangerous chemicals used and hazardous waste created when creating solar cells. We each chose everyday the amount of electricity we use. Rather than throwing out of context facts to scare people, why don't we lay out the risks and benefits of each of the "proven" fuel sources and create a comprehensive plan that will provide what we desire - electricity with the least harm to the environment at a reasonable cost.
Steve I could not have said it better myself. These irresponsible people parading as journalists are the real danger.
Booner

Huntsville, AL

#3 Sep 25, 2007
For over the past decade the author, Joeseph Mangano, head of an activist scientific organization known as the the Radiation and Health Project, has been trying to link low level radiation to increasing cancer rates in the vicinities of nuclear power plants. That he has been unable to make any such connection has not stopped him from making the allegations. To make matters worse, mainstream news media have given him uncritical access each time he writes up a new press release, which generally coincides with what looks to be good news for nuclear power, such as the recent announcements of new reactors being planned. If you read the article carefully, you will see that it provides no scientific justification for their false claims, just scare stories.

The work of the RHP is badly tainted by their zeal to scare the public about nuclear power. There is no connection between cancer rates and proximimity to a nuclear power plants. You can check for yourself using Google, the cancer rates of any state and make the necessary comparisons. In some cases (rarely), there is in fact a higher incidence of cancer in a region served by a nuclear power plant, but closer examination invariably finds other well-known cancer sources, like air pollution from industry and transportation, chemical production, or coal plants in the same area.

Anyone who mistakes the studies of the Radiation and Health Project for unbiased research may also regard tobacco company scientists in the same light. The RHP enjoys the status of a non-profit organization but within, they are a bunch of well paid career anti-nukes with an ax to grind. The outfit is nothing more than a propaganda mill for anti-nuclear organizations.
Algernon Sidney

Cleveland, OH

#4 Sep 25, 2007
There is nothing good that can be said about Mangano. Even the most trivial evaluations debunk his outlandish claims.
Donnie

Shippingport, PA

#5 Sep 26, 2007
steve wrote:
There is nothing more irresponsible than a person that strings together a bunch of facts, which if not presented in context, scare the average person who is not well-informed about the issue.
Especially when someone like Mangano adds a few things that are not facts.

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