Andrew Bolt, the Herald Sun’s resident climate change sceptic and all-round universal genius (how is it possible one man can prove every true expert on the planet wrong?) continues to downplay the serious of the situation in Japan.
I assume Andrew thinks being “against” nuclear energy is ploy be “greens” to de-industrialise the world.
Therefore he must – MUST – rush to defend nuclear power and downplay the risks.
Today’s parade of posts are amusing, and notable for their basic misunderstanding of the risks.
“…Yes, if you have a massive nuclear explosion go off a kilometre away, there is a good chance you will die – probably from the blast itself, but in many cases from the radiation. If you are two kilometres away, you will almost certainly survive.
If you don’t die in the initial blast, or from burns or acute radiation sickness soon after, the chances are you will survive. It’s astonishing that “only” 400 or so people have since died of causes related to the blast…”
I mean, really the incarnation of 100,000s of people by the two atomic bombs weren’t that bad. I mean, it is surprising more didn’t die…
What’s the worry?
He then produces this image to “prove” everything will work out in the end:
He then states:
I really don’t think Americans and Australians need to panic for their safety, do you?
Oh Andrew, Andrew, Andrew…
The Japanese ARE panicked for their safety!
Nagasaki was a single incident. All the available “fuel” was consumed during the explosion. A leaking nuclear reactor continue to leak for centuries, and can’t be removed from its site.
It continues to remain a hazard.
Just like Chernobyl, which to this day has an extensive 30 km “zone of exclusion“:
The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Zone, which is sometimes referred to as The Chernobyl Zone, The 30 Kilometer Zone, The Zone of Alienation, or simply The Zone (Ukrainian official designation: Зона відчуження Чорнобильської АЕС, zona vidchuzhennya Chornobyl’s’koyi AES, colloquially: Чорнобильська зона, Chornobyl’s’ka zona оr Четверта зона, Chetverta zona) is the 30 km/19 mi exclusion zone around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster and is administered by a special administration under the Ukrainian Ministry of Extraordinary Situations (Emergencies).
If you want to know what a city impacted by the “melt down” of a nuclear reactor actually looks like, then just look at Pripyat.
This city of 50,000 was evacuated following the Chernobyl disaster, and remains deserted to this day. The city is slowly falling apart, a sad reminder of the disaster that cost the lives of thousands.
This is what Pripyat looks like today:
And Andrew continues to push the lie that “only 50 or so people died”:.
Watch this to get an understanding of the human toll…
Warning the images will disturb:
Right now over 200,000 Japanese are fleeing the area around the reactor:
And Andrew thinks it is OK?
Nothing to worry about?
This is an enormous tragedy, and Andrew is trying to play it down?