Welcome back! This week I am beginning to focus on some of my concerns about renewable energy, which will continue into next week, and will move into discussing some of the negatives that aren’t being publicized – Again, I am not against renewable energy, but I’m afraid that we are pushing for something, which we really don’t understand the consequences. Personally, I believe we should continue to focus on renewable energy, while studying it – I believe our best bet is for us to have a balanced power portfolio among the different power sources.
In my first post in this series, I asked if anyone new which type of generation source caused the largest immediate death toll – I bet a lot of people immediately think of nuclear, but that would be incorrect. The largest catastrophe in power generation history goes to hydro-electric. In August of 1975, the Banqiao Dam in China failed after a record flood, resulting in 26,000 people dying immediately, and an estimated 145,000 people died from epidemics caused by water contamination. http://www.britannica.com/event/Typhoon-Nina-Banqiao-dam-failure
In contrast, only one nuclear accident has been attributed to more than ten deaths. That would be the Chernobyl disaster in Russia on April 26, 1986. I’m sure people have heard all kinds of numbers about the Chernobyl disaster, however, there were 31 deaths that occurred within a short time after the disaster, 2 immediately died from explosions, one from a heart attack, and 28 first responders died from Acute Radiation Sickness (or syndrome).
The World Nuclear Organization has claimed that the death toll will roughly be between 4,000 and 9,200 (between emergency and recovery workers, and residents in the contaminated territories). Now I will also say that there are also people saying that the official reports are drastically underestimated, and claim that as many as a million people have died from Chernobyl (http://www.globalresearch.ca/new-book-concludes-chernobyl-death-toll-985-000-mostly-from-cancer/20908) – I don’t know, but the official report is less than 10,000 total.
I believe Chernobyl was a terrible disaster, and is worse in some aspects than the Banqiao Dam due to victims facing mutations, mutations in their children, cancer, and among other issues. My goal with this information is to inform people that we underestimate a lot of risk, and take many things for granted without thinking about it or researching it – just following the news…
Please join me next week for more!