The Scientific Illiteracy of Nuclear Opposition

As bad as Japan’s nuclear emergency could have gotten, it would never be as bad as burning coal. Coal is fantastically dangerous, responsible for far more than 1 million deaths per year, according to the World Health Organization.

I think we can all agree that in a perfect world, we’d using less power and deriving that power from relatively safe, relatively green technology like solar and wind.

But the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of those technologies still needs work. Meanwhile, coal is just about the worst possible source of power short of shooting people and burning the bodies. If Nuclear gives us a stepping stone to the sustainable future, we should use it.

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