News Flash 27.3.11 Sunday night marks the beginning of the end for Nuclear Power in Europe.
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The electorate has spoken and has voted the anti-nuclear Green Party into power. This marks the end of 60 years of pro-nuclear policies. I am talking about Baden-Württemberg, Germany´s richest and most influential state, the home of Mercedes, Porsche and the medical industry.
Fukushima validated financial arguments. The costs of nuclear power are 2% for the first 20 years and 98% for the next hundred or thousand or thousands of years. It is like taking out a mortgage and paying a fraction of the interest just to find out how big the principal will be in future, What future? Whose future?
Western societies have one value only, money. The value of the majority swallows up the values of minorities, subjugation of minorities is a characteristic of democracy. In the end minorities pay the costs just the same as majorities do.
There are still many “Democracies” that argue that their industries need cheap power, that nuclear is the cheapest and ensures competitiveness. With the same breath they disregard medical arguments of the minority.
Todays elections were different. Medical arguments crept into the decision making process. These were not decisive but some started to think “do I want to save some money now and die from cancer later?”
Germany, Italy, UK and US have very similar life expectancies at birth, 80.07 years for Germany and 81.77 for Italy, 80.05 for UK and 78.37 for US.
Then you look at population ratios of age 65+ and you´ll find huge discrepencies. Germany and Italy have 20.6% and 20.3% respectively of people age 65+ and the US 13.1% only. The difference is some 7% of 300m = 21m.
Where did these 21 million people go that should be alive today?
A cancer incidence rate of 33% and climbing may give you the answer.
Russian scientists published the true effect of Chernobyl. They studied over 5.000 documents and concluded that between 1986 and 2004 the true death toll was 985.000. Nobody knows how many have died since. Their study was published in 2007, mainstream media ignored it.
The IAEA still claims on its website a death toll of 4.000. The IAEA represents all nuclear powers, their consent is required to make such a statement. People used to believe their governments, their elected representatives and those scientists that endorse and hail as cheap and safe.
Fukushima changed all this. People did not vote for the opportunists who changed their opinion in order to get elected, they voted for those who struggled against nuclear power for decades. The fact that this happened in the most pro-nuclear of all states must send shivers down the spines of politicians.
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A detailed report that concludes 985.000 death from Chernobyl was published in 2007.
It is authored by three noted scientists:
Russian biologist Dr. Alexey Yablokov, former environmental advisor to the Russian president;
Dr. Alexey Nesterenko, a biologist and ecologist in Belarus; and
Dr.Vassili Nesterenko, a physicist and at the time of the accident director of the Institute of Nuclear Energy of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.
In 2009 Dr. Janette Sherman, a physician and toxicologist long involved in studying the health impacts of radioactivity, translated and edited some 5.000 documents:
“Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment,” Volume 1181 of Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, published online in November 2009
It concludes that based on records now available, some 985,000 people died, mainly of cancer, as a result of the Chernobyl accident. That is between when the accident occurred in 1986 and 2004. More deaths, it projects, will follow.
The book explodes the claim of the International Atomic Energy Agency, still on its website, that the expected death toll from the Chernobyl accident will be 4,000. The IAEA, the new book shows, is under-estimating, to the extreme, the casualties of Chernobyl.
The radioactive poisons sent billowing from the plant into the air included Cesium-137, Plutonium, Iodine-131 and Strontium-90.
There is a breakdown by country, highlighted by maps, of where the radionuclides fell out. Beyond Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, the countries included Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The radiological measurements show that some 10% of Chernobyl poisons fell on Asia. “Huge areas” of eastern Turkey and central China “were highly contaminated,” reports the book.
Northwestern Japan was impacted, too.
Northern Africa was hit with “more than 5% of all Chernobyl releases.”
The finding of Cesium-137 and both Plutonium-239 and Plutonium-240 “in accumulated Nile River sediment is evidence of significant Chernobyl contamination,” it states.
The consequences on public health are extensively analyzed. Medical records involving children, the young, their cells more rapidly multiplying, are especially affected by radioactivity are considered. Before the accident, more than 80% of the children in the territories of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia extensively contaminated by Chernobyl “were healthy,” based on health data. But “today fewer than 20% are well.”
There is an examination of genetic impacts with records reflecting an increase in “chromosomal aberrations” wherever there was fallout.
This will continue through the “children of irradiated parents for as many as seven generations.” So “the genetic consequences of the Chernobyl catastrophe will impact hundreds of millions of people.”
As to deaths, the list of countries and consequences begins with Belarus. “For the period 1900-2000 cancer mortality in Belarus increased 40%,” it states, again based on medical data and illuminated by tables in the book. “The increase was a maximum in the most highly contaminated Gomel Province and lower in the less contaminated Brest and Mogilev provinces.” They include childhood cancers, thyroid cancer, leukemia and other cancers.
Considering health data of people in all nations impacted by the fallout, the “overall mortality for the period from April 1986 to the end of 2004 from the Chernobyl catastrophe was estimated as 985,000 additional deaths.”
Further, “the concentrations” of some of the poisons, because they have radioactive half-lives ranging from 20,000 to 200,000 years, “will remain practically the same virtually forever.”
The book also examines the impact on plants and animals. “Immediately after the catastrophe, the frequency of plant mutations in the contaminated territories increased sharply.”
There are photographs of some of these plant mutations. “Chernobyl irradiation has caused many structural anomalies and tumorlike changes in many plant species and has led to genetic disorders, sometimes continuing for many years,” it says. “Twenty-three years after the catastrophe it is still too early to know if the whole spectrum of plant radiogenic changes has been discerned. We are far from knowing all of the consequences for flora resulting from the catastrophe.”
As to animals, the book notes “serious increases in morbidity and mortality that bear striking resemblance to changes in the public health of humans–increasing tumor rates, immunodeficiencies, and decreasing life expectancy.”
In his foreword, Dr. Dimitro Grodzinsky, chairman of the Ukranian National Commission on Radiation Protection, writes about how “apologists of nuclear power” sought to hide the real impacts of the Chernobyl disaster from the time when the accident occurred.
In the record of Big Lies, the claim of the IAEA-WHO that “only” 4,000 people will die as a result of the Chernobyl catastrophe is among the biggest. The Chernobyl accident is, as the new book documents, an ongoing global catastrophe.