Fukushima – Anti Nuclear Hysteric Writes My Script

Posted on Thu 02/16/2012 by

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Andrew BoltBy Andrew Bolt ~

Friends of the Earth anti-nuclear campaigner Jim Green is pre-emptively cringing as we reach the anniversary of the monstrous Fukushima beat-up:

Expect a barrage of personal attacks… The nuclear lobby will attack critics for overstating the scale of the disaster. Any comparisons with Chernobyl will be howled down. True, radiation releases from Fukushima have fallen short of the radioactivity spewed into the environment from Chernobyl…

And while they’re attacking nuclear critics for overstating the radiation releases, the boosters will be trivialising the problem or ignoring it altogether. Brook wrote an ABC opinion piece in December which states that “no-one was killed by radioactivity from the event” …The boosters will repeatedly use this quote from a June 2011 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report:

“To date no confirmed long-term health effects to any person have been reported as a result of radiation exposure from the nuclear accident.”

Jim is virtually writing my material for me. Yet rather than say sorry for the scares, he repeats yet more shonky and unsupported ones about a “long term cancer death toll”. Rather than condemn the irresponsible scaremongers, he flails at those who want to hold them to account.

Here’s some of them:

This scaremongering over the crippled Fukushima nuclear complex is extraordinary…

There’s Dr Tilman Ruff, actually a Nossal Institute infectious diseases expert and long-time anti-nukes activist, everywhere warning we might be “looking at a Chernobyl-type disaster or worse” and describing in lascivious detail the ways people could get sick from the fallout.

There’s Dave Sweeney, actually a professional activist from the Australian Conservation Foundation with a lack of formal qualifications in nuclear science, warning that the reactor was potentially like a kettle without water, and “sooner or later, it superheats and it blows”.

And what’s a nuclear holocaust story without Helen Caldicott, actually a paediatrician and anti-nuke hysteric? So there she was, too, on 3AW, warning that if the reactor blew up, “hundreds of thousands of Japanese will be dying within two weeks of acute radiation illness”, with countless more later suffering an “epidemic” of cancers….

Can Guy Rundle please explain this panting prognostication?:

As I write, the Japanese are conducting direct overflies to try and control the continuing damage — most likely a suicide mission for the pilots and crew. The Soviets resorted to this earlier, during the Chernobyl crisis by the simple expedient of ordering air force crews to do it. No one knows how many died, but they died outside of the glare of publicity. The Japanese crews will slough their skin and muscles, and bleed out internally under the full glare of the world’s media. It may well be the reason why this step in dealing with the crisis was delayed for so long — because it would demonstrate that dealing with nuclear accidents will frequently involve the painful certain death of emergency workers.

Deaths at Fukushima from radiation: none.

Sickness at Fukushima from radiation:  none.

People at Fukushima requiring decontamination:  none.

Why is Green note interested in holding to account the scaremongers who so discredit the green movement? Is it because he is one himself?

Green:

The scientific estimates of the Chernobyl death toll range from 9,000 to 93,000.

The truth:

As of mid-2005, however, fewer than 50 deaths had been directly attributed to radiation from the disaster, almost all being highly exposed rescue workers, many who died within months of the accident but others who died as late as 2004.

The new numbers are presented in a landmark digest report, “Chernobyl’s Legacy: Health, Environmental and Socio-Economic Impacts,” just released by the Chernobyl Forum. The digest, based on a three-volume, 600-page report and incorporating the work of hundreds of scientists, economists and health experts, assesses the 20-year impact of the largest nuclear accident in history. The Forum is made up of 8 UN specialized agencies, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), and the World Bank, as well as the governments of Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

Projections for future deaths (and bear in mind we’re now three decades on) rely on what seem increasingly to be overstated “no safe limits” estimates of sensitivity to radiation.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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