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  •  The entire history of uranium mining (2+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey, 6412093

    ...killed as many people as will die in the next 5 hours of dangerous fossil fuel waste.

    If you'd like to assert otherwise, please provide some references.

    I note that right now, the amount of uranium and thorium mined - the latter from lanthanide mines having horrid conditions in Baotou China to service the ridiculous wind and hybrid/electric car industries - maybe Chinese miner deaths don't count - is sufficient to supply the world's entire energy supply for centuries without operating a single mine, an oil field, coal mines, gas fields, etc.

    I'm sick to death about hearing about this Navajo uranium miners as if they were the only people who ever died from energy mining activities.   How come we have no similar fetish for the 167 guys who died on the Piper Alpha explosion, one of many thousands of dangerous fossil fuel mining accidents that have occurred over the last two centuries with no effort to stop dangerous fossil fuels?

    Here's the very toxic conceit that has prevented nuclear energy from doing what it might of done to have provided humanity with a decent and sustainable future:

    That any risk associated with nuclear energy must be viewed in isolation from its alternatives.   If nuclear energy and only nuclear energy is not risk free, all other forms of energy - all of which are much, much, much, much worse, can kill at will.

    Nuclear energy need not be risk free, it need not be perfect, to be vastly superior to everything else.   It only needs to be vastly superior to everything else, which it is.

    Have a nice Sunday.

    •  I'm sure the Navajos are sick to death of it too! (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      You are quite correct about the risk, but the Navajos who mined the Uranium in New Mexico's Uranium mines were never informed of the danger any more than the West Virginia coal miners.  Was this moral? I wish neither were true (I'm no friend of coal mining or oil drilling).  It is our economic system and constant growth that causes the ever increasing need for energy and I see no easy way out.  Uranium may be a temporary fix, but it is not a panacea for our ills.  Even if it cut back on Carbon production, I cannot imagine our civilization continuing under the current economic system.  Once an area becomes contaminated it stays that way for decades or centuries. Even at a low rate of accidents this could take out quite a vast area of the earth from crop production or habitation.

      Anyone for living near the Japanese reactor taken out by the tsunami?

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