Friday, April 08, 2011

George Kenney interview: "Japan's nuclear power catastrophe w/ Dr. Arjun Makhijani" @ Electric Politics

Dear Michael,

It's a good thing there isn't all that much uranium in the ground -- otherwise, in our epic folly, humans might eventually irradiate most of the planet. Even so, as things now stand it's a close call whether we insist on perpetuating (perhaps perpetrating is the better word) a continuing series of nuclear power catastrophes. To get a sense of how bad the Japanese catastrophe may be I turned to a veteran nuclear power expert, one often sought by the mainstream media: Dr. Arjun Makhijani. He's low-key but his judgment is quite serious. To me, a non-expert, he seems about as authoritative a source as one might hope to find (though I suspect that science has not yet got a definitive answer to what happens when even one or two highly energetic radioactive particles are ingested).

Considering the long term, the overwhelming preponderance of arguments seem to weigh against nuclear power. But I leave it to you to arrive at your own judgment.

As always, if you like the podcast please feel free to redistribute the link.

Thanks very much for listening!



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