Safe Nuclear, Deadly Conventional Sources of Energy

Nuclear lobby gathers steam but can expect severe reaction,” Telegraph, 21 May 2005,;sessionid=GW3FEXENGK2NPQFIQMGSM5OAVCBQWJVC?xml=/money/2005/05/21/ccnuc21.xml&menuId=242&sSheet=/money/2005/05/21/ixcoms.html&menuId=242&_requestid=26511 (from Tim Worstall through Macroblog).

Geogreen isn’t just a good strategic decision — it’s healthy, too

The 1986 blast at Chernobyl – from a combination of poor design, sloppy construction and negligent maintenance – was the probably the worst accident imaginable at a nuclear plant. About 45 people died as a result of the explosion but the 1988 Piper Alpha fire claimed 167 lives on the North Sea oil rig, and not one person was lost in America’s Three Mile Island reactor leak.

Even Greenpeace’s anti-progress numbers don’t change the arguments

Greenpeace says it would expect 30,000 deaths over a 30-50 year period from Chernobyl, including many who contracted thyroid cancer as children. Yet, an independent report estimates that the increased chance of cancer in the affected area is 0.1pc over 40 years. If the latter figure is correct, the number of people who have been killed by nuclear power is tiny compared with deaths in other parts of the power industry.

In British coal mines fatality rates still run at 11 a year per 100,000 employees and show no sign of falling. In Russia, which exports coal to the UK, the death rate is more than twice Britain’s. All heavy industries kill people and it is not clear that modern reactors are particularly lethal.

Good points. Read the whole thing.

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