Reader was written with the intention of bringing
into focus information known and unknown which
surrounds the use of nuclear energy.........
Chapter 1. Hazards of Low
discusses some of the Many hazards of low level
Chapter 2. Nuclear Power is
dispells the myth that nuclear power is
Chapter 3. The Petkau Effect
explains the health damaging effect of low-dose
Chapter 4. Health Damage from
clarifies that there is no safe dose of radiation.
Chapter 5. References
literature on radiation health damage.
Chapter 6. Depleted Uranium
looks at depleted uranium as a part of the nuclear
energy cycle with attention to military uses.
Chapter 7. Photos of
contains photos of plant deformities and infant
Chapter 8. Radioactive Waste
discusses the fact that there is no plan for long
term storage of radioactive waste.
Chapter 9. Toward Clean
explores clean renewable energy sources.
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Introduction to the Nuclear Reader
The following pages are written with
the intention of bringing into focus information known
and unknown which surrounds the use of nuclear energy.
The entire nuclear fuel chain from
uranium mines, nuclear power and weapons plants, to
radioactive storage facilities and depleted uranium in
military use, is hazardous to human health and to the
health of the environment.
The extent and severity of this damage
is not widely known, although some of those in the
inner circles did originally comprehend the vast
ramifications of the problem.
The late professor John Gofman PhD, MD
was a senior figure in the Atomic Energy Commission
(AEC) in the 1960's. He resigned, with his integrity
intact, after the AEC disputed the results he found
studying the health effects of radiation.
“The nuclear industry is
waging a war against humanity. Licensing a
nuclear power plant is in my view, licensing random,
Dr. Christopher Busby, an English
scientist who has conducted extensive research on the
health effects of radiation (see his various videos on
Youtube), carries forward Dr. Gofman's statement in an
article called “Deconstructing Nuclear Experts”
“This war has now entered an
endgame which will decide the survival of the human
race. Not from sudden nuclear war. But from the
on-going and incremental nuclear war which began with
the releases to the biosphere in the 60s of all the
atmospheric test fallout, and which has continued
inexorably since then through Windscale, Kyshtym,
3-Mile Island, Chernobyl, Hanford, Sellafield, La
Hague, Iraq and now Fukushima, accompanied by parallel
increases in cancer rates and fertility loss to the
In fact, by the 1960's the Atomic Energy
Commission knew how destructive radiation
is. A 1966 report by the AEC on the genetic
effects of radiation acknowledged that:
“There is no threshold
on the genetic effect of radiation.”
The report continued:
“If the number of those
affected is increased, there would come a crucial
point, or threshold, where the slack could no longer
be taken up (by those not affected). The genetic
load might increase to the point where the species as
a whole would degenerate and fade toward extinction –
a sort of 'racial radiation sickness.'”
Today, decades later, some corporations,
motivated by greed, have exploited nature, impoverished
the people, who are in a state of biological
degeneration, ruined the land, and allowed the
perpetuation of radioactive contamination all over the
earth. With all this in mind, what can we do?
We can stop producing more radioactive
poison by phasing out nuclear power plants. Go
for efficiency and for clean renewable energy!
We can clean up and store radioactive waste with
responsibility. If this is our true intention,
it could be done. If not, we are destined for a
radioactive earth and all that entails.
In response to the March 2011 Japanese
nuclear catastrophe, President Angela Merkel of
Germany took seven nuclear power plants off-line and
proposed the following six point plan (Spiegel Online
International 4/15/2011) from which other countries
might take inspiration:
Expanding renewable energy.
Investing in more wind, solar, and biomass energies
will try to raise the renewable-energy share of
Germany's total energy use -- from a baseline of 17
percent in 2010.
Expanding grids and storage.
Building a much larger storage and delivery network
for electricity -- particularly wind energy, which
can be generated in the north but must be carried to
the south -- will be a main focus.
government hopes to improve the heating efficiency
of German buildings -- and reduce consumption -- by
20 percent over the next decade.
Flexible power. The government
wants to build more "flexible" power plants that can
pick up slack from wind or solar energy when the
weather fails to generate enough electricity during
peak demand. The obvious source of "flexible power"
for now, besides nuclear energy, is natural gas.
Research and development.
The government will increase government support for
research into better energy storage and more
efficient grids to a total of €500 million between
now and 2020.
Citizen involvement. The
government wants to involve its
sometimes-recalcitrant citizenry who are resistant
to wind generators and the installation of an
efficient new power line grid in some regions.
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