I reiterate my point – all you prove is your inability to comprehend the human condition, blinded as you are by cost-benefit analysis, flawed as it is
You expose the weakness of your argument – rational as you think it may be – as a consequence, and it is precisely that rational indifference to the human condition that means the right cannot be trusted
We cannot agree on this issue.
This debate is therefore closed.
Which is a bit odd really.
He sez nuclear\’s bad because the Fukushima thing is going to kill lots of people.
I say that it\’s not going to kill lots of people and therefore shouldn\’t be considered bad for the reason that it\’ll kill lots of people.
And then the condemnation is that I\’m allowing facts to cloud my judgement?
Sadly, he\’s closed comments on the piece just as I was going to respond to this:
Not all the waste is iodine – or the radiation would have gone already
No Richard, no.
Iodine 135 has a half life of 8 days. No new iodine 135 has been created since the reactors were scrammed at the moment of the earthquake. We have been seeing releases of it since then.
What the half life thing means is that after 8 days half of it has become xenon (harmless) and the other half is still iodine 135 (not harmless but not very dangerous either). After 16 days, 75% xenon, 25% iodine 135. After 56 days under 1% iodine 135, after 80 days under 0.1% iodine 135.
In theory there will always, right until the end of the universe, be some amount of radiation left from these reactors. That\’s the way that radiation works, it\’s quantum, see? However, the thing we\’re interested in is how long will there be radiation that we can be bothered to care about? How long will there be radiation above background level for example? Or above a level that could possibly, even just maybe, do some harm?
As a reasonably informed guess, from the iodine 135, a few months at most.
These facts, ye see, these cost benefit analyses, they\’re important.
A prediction for you. The environmental damage from the whole thing…..after the dead have been buried (tens of thousands, let us not forget), the shattered houses rebuilt…the largest long term environmental damage won\’t be the radiation. It won\’t even be the millions of gallons of oils and weird chemicals that have been washed around by the tsunami. It\’ll be the inundation by salt water, the tsunami itself, of the farmland.
Could be decades before that gets sorted out.