Fukushima – What Would They Rather Report: The Scare Or The Expert?

Posted on Fri 03/18/2011 by

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Andrew BoltBy Andrew Bolt

Gavin Atkins explains how the news business works, sending thousands scurrying for their iodide tablets:

According to the news, nuclear expert Professor Richard Broinowski from the University of Sydney is pretty alarmed by what’s going on at Fukushima.

In an interview with Sydney’s 2UE he told an audience that because the emergency involves four reactors, it could be four times worse than Chernobyl. On Channel Nine News, he told us that he has the gravest fears for the lives of the workers at Fukushima.

Further down the page here you will find a different opinion from Professor Jim Falk:

Professor Jim Falk, a nuclear physicist and director of the Australian Centre for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Melbourne described the workers as “very brave” but thinks suggestions they’re on a suicide mission are “overstated”. “It is possible the 50 workers remaining at the site will experience some ill-effects of radiation exposure, though they are unlikely to be acutely affected given the amounts of radiation they have received,” Professor Falk told ninemsn.

While Professor Broinowski’s quote made it to the actual television news, Professor Falk’s quote did not.

So who should we believe?

Well, as Atkins explains, the choice is between a physicist who has studied and worked in science for 30 years and someone who is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Media and Communications of Sydney University.

No contest, really.

UPDATE

The claims are getting wilder. Now man’s gases are being blamed for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami:

When the ice is lost, the earth’s crust bounces back up again and that triggers earthquakes, which trigger submarine landslides, which cause tsunamis,” Bill McGuire, professor at University College London, told Reuters.

But which ice is lost? McGuire surely can’t mean the Actic ice, since that is floating – and weighs the same whether solid or melted. He can’t mean the Antarctic ice, since that continent has been cooling overall. He can’t mean the ice over the US and Europe which have had monster snows.

So which ice where? And how did it cause an earthquake way over in Japan?

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