He, of course, also continues to make a very, very, very bad point about promoting nuclear. This defense of the indefensible must be called out, right now.
And YOU can speak your mind, right here:
* One million people may have died as a result of the Chernobyl meltdown (New York Academy of Sciences, 2009, Yablokov), but unfortunately the UN refuses to account for the effects of long term low-level radiation across populations.
* Areas of Japan near Fukushima are currently at higher levels of radioactivity than the Chernobyl "exclusion zone."
* Two hundred tons of water go into one reactor each day and must escape as either steam or contaminated waste water.
* 23 US plants use the exact same GE reactor as has failed repeatedly at Fukushima.
* Spent fuel ponds represent massive "dirty bombs" and are located at all nuclear plants.
* This entire industry is a massive national security threat, vulnerable to a plane crash as on 9/11.
* The liability of the industry is capped, and the real costs and risks of a catastrophe fall on the property owners whose real estate becomes "uninhabitable."
This is my quite angry letter to Barack Obama:
This industry must be stopped, not helped! This is madness. Germany showed true leadership, as the risks and the criminally corrupt record of nuclear plants and lax regulators is legendary. This puts all our lives at risk, and it puts at risk future generations! It is madness to ignore disaster after disaster in such a callous, unthinking manner.