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Why Radiation is Safe and Why All Nations Should Embrace Nuclear Energy

Dr. Wade Allison — retired professor of physics and medical physics at Oxford University, author of Radiation and Reason and a founding member of the international SARI group (Scientists for Accurate Radiation Information — has recently published a video titled Why radiation is safe & all nations should embrace nuclear technology – Professor Wade Allison that is aimed at a general audience.

It explains why radiation associated with nuclear energy production, medical diagnostics, and medical treatments is generally safe and should not be a cause for excessive concern. Society’s carefully taught fear of radiation has been instilled purposely for a variety of reasons, some of which are quite nefarious. It should be overcome through greater understanding of both the reality of radiation health effects information and a recognition of the motives for the fear campaign.

Fear must no longer a deterrent for taking full advantage of the natural gift of incredible quantities of clean energy stored inside the atomic nuclei of certain actinide metals – specifically uranium, thorium and plutonium. Fear of radiation and nuclear power should not be allowed to continue decimating the Japanese economy by spending an extra $35 billion per year for imported LNG, coal and diesel fuel. It should not be used to enhance the power of autocratic, oil and gas-dependent regimes like those that rule Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Please set aside some time to watch this 45-minute presentation. Share it with your school age children. Share it with your friends and relatives, especially if you are the odd person out at Thanksgiving dinner who supports more nuclear power plant construction while others seem paralyzed by irrational fear of what might happen if they allow construction anywhere in a 200 mile radius of their home.

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Jeffrey Miller on August 23, 2014

Very interesting – thanks for sharing.

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Robert Bernal on August 23, 2014

Thank you,

I didn’t realize the wide margin between medical uses of radiation to the very much lessor amounts that instill (the excuse of) fear by the anti-nuclear position.

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Robert Bernal on August 29, 2014

Why nuclear? Potential of modular construction making meltdown proof reactors that generate the high density energy necessary to make clean liquid fuels such as ammonia to replace natural gas needed for renewable energy backup. So as to build an infrastructure based on 95% fossil free, as compared to just the “renewables only” which maxes out at only about 30%.

Even Germany is using more coal!

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Nathan Wilson on September 10, 2014

So basically, you are simply disagreeing with his basic premise that we should use science/evidence based radiation safety limits, and instead prefer to use limits based on fear, appeasement, and voodoo.

We’ve got data from the Chernobyl accident on the combined effect on people of plutonium and all of the fission products.  The answer is that the risk is negligible, but the risk from the unfounded fear of radiation is extremely harmful.  By advocating this unfounded fear, you are in effect contributing to the harm.

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Robert Bernal on September 11, 2014

Without some kind of standardized and globally deployed nuclear, what would be your suggestion for powering 10 billion people at high standards? Also, the mMSR or similar can not melt down.

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