• Fast and slow death
    July 18,2013
     

    Fast and slow death

    In response to “Quebec deaths and Vt.’s energy future” (July 16):

    Thought provoking.

    Unfortunately, the thoughts don’t consider the reality. The train disaster is confined to the local area — not so nuclear. To say the least, nuclear power production produces a waste byproduct that accumulates. The disaster that we are creating by producing such waste to pass on to our children is enormous and growing. The consequences are unknown, and yet we get small indications that are ignored daily.

    “Up to 1 million eventual deaths estimated from Chernobyl exposure — Sweden, Finland, others concerned about risk of forest fires near disaster area.”

    “Children now sicker than ever from Chernobyl disaster — Contamination to go on for centuries to come — many with heart and digestive problems.”

    “There has been a 28 percent increase in thyroid problems in babies born after Fukushima in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.”

    “Officials report troubling discovery at Fukushima nuclear plant: Cesium levels rocket 9,000 percent over three days in groundwater.”

    And the reports go on.

    Deaths are counted from the dispersal of contaminants from fossil fuels, but no one tracks and admits the losses from the continuous “acceptable release” from nuclear power stations. Radioactivity in this world is on the rise and has been for over 50 years. Natural radioactivity should be declining.

    While the number of deaths daily attributable to fossil fuels accumulate to extreme numbers, the point is missed that nuclear disaster has the real potential to deliver those same numbers in one instance. A disaster at Indian Point could literally kill millions.

    So, too, the chance is small that a third of the world’s population could die from a single asteroid impact; that kind of mass extinction has already happened in this world. Just how “small” does that make it?

    When will people wake up to the reality that the world is not in danger. We are. And radioactive waste is the biggest threat we face and we contribute to it daily in the name of money. Just how stupid are we anyway?

    Alfred S. Blakey

    Barre

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