Alarmism: nuclear pollution edition

Every day or so there is another story about Fukushima pollution. Today it was cesium in the milk children drink. Leakage into the Pacific Ocean is another. Japan shutting down nuclear reactors when their energy is desperately needed is another. Theodore Rockwell says The science does not support the panic.

No one, not one single person, has received a life-altering injury from radiation since the disaster started unfolding last March. The atrocities described are caused by the application of international radiation standards that are set at levels far below where science shows adverse health effects occur, and by the fear of radiation that policy creates and nurtures. Once again, fear of radiation does more harm that the radiation itself.

The reality is that, while some people in the Fukushima housing area are wearing cumbersome rad-con suits, filtered gas-masks, gloves and booties, and putting the same on their children, other people are living carefree in places like Norway, Brazil, Iran, India where folks have lived normal lives for countless generations with radiation levels as much as a hundred times greater than the forbidden areas of the Fukushima homes.

Nuclear pollution is one of the easiest to measure and one we know most about – that is why, for instance, it is used in medicine to help cure cancer. The problem is that it is associated with bombs, it is something that is not readily visible, and it comes up in the context of human activity. What is not often in such stories is the fact that there have been natural nuclear reactors and that background radiation is something we all live with.

These factors are behind what people see in the Chernobyl area. That has turned out to be a park with a thriving biosphere despite ‘radiation standards’ that don’t allow people to live anywhere near it.

A proposed European Community directive dated 17 Oct 2011 notes that the doses of radiation being regulated are small compared to doses people receive in the normal course of living. Instead of reaching the common-sense conclusion that they should therefore stop trying to regulate harmless doses of radiation, they decided they have to regulate Nature! They want us to wage an endless war against our naturally radioactive planet, when there is good evidence that without radiation, Life withers and dies.

The phenomena is one of those who desire to control the behavior of others – for their own safety, of course! It is the same desire driving climate alarmism and also showing up in the ban on shopping bags in a city on the Northwest coast. It may be that the biggest danger is the folks who use alarm and FUD mongering to control behavior and not the particular issue they pick up on any given day. Appropriate and reasonable regulation with due consideration for risks and costs goes by the board for these folks as, for them, the ends justify any means. All one has to do is to look at the OWS protests to see just how ridiculous this can get.

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