You tell \’em Lewis

The lesson to learn here is that if your country is hit by a monster earthquake and tsunami, one of the safest places to be is at the local nuclear powerplant. Other Japanese nuclear powerplants in the quake-stricken area, in fact, are sheltering homeless refugees in their buildings – which are some of the few in the region left standing at all, let alone with heating, water and other amenities.

Nothing else in the quake-stricken area has come through anything like as well as the nuclear power stations, or with so little harm to the population. All other forms of infrastructure – transport, housing, industries – have failed the people in and around them comprehensively, leading to deaths most probably in the tens of thousands. Fires, explosions and tank/pipeline ruptures all across the region will have done incalculably more environmental damage, distributed hugely greater amounts of carcinogens than Fukushima Daiichi – which has so far emitted almost nothing but radioactive steam (which becomes non-radioactive within minutes of being generated).

And yet nobody will say after this: \”don\’t build roads; don\’t build towns; don\’t build ships or chemical plants or oil refineries or railways\”. That would be ridiculous, of course, even though having all those things has actually led to terrible loss of life, destruction and pollution in the quake\’s wake.

3 comments on “You tell \’em Lewis

  1. “Experience from past nuclear incidents has shown that the stress and panic caused by these events can be as bad as, or worse than, the direct threat from radiation,” : caused by “these events” or caused by media hyping up?

  2. you can’t do without roads, towns , ships but you just might be able to do without nuclear plants.

  3. From the end of the ‘Reg’ article:

    “Personal bootnote

    As one who earns his living in the media these days, I can only apologise on behalf of my profession for the unbelievable levels of fear and misinformation purveyed this week. I have never been so ashamed to call myself a journalist.”

    Says it all, really.

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