Environmental groups have used fear of radiation to scare Americans into believing that all radiation is dangerous, and that nuclear power is dangerous because of radiation … no matter how small the dose.
The linear no-threshold model (LNT), used by the EPA and other environmental organizations, claims that radiation can cause cancer no matter how small the dose.
The LNT model has been debunked for years by many highly respected scientists.
Professor Wade Allison, a Fellow of Keble College and Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, is one of those distinguished scientists who has written about radiation and demonstrated that the LNT is wrong.
His book, Radiation and Reason, explains why.
He asks, with birds nesting unaffected in the Chernobyl sarcophagus and animals running around unscathed in the area around Chernobyl, “Is there something wrong with the accepted orthodox view of the dangers of radiation to life?”
Radiation and Reason describes, in considerable clarity, some of the basic principles surrounding radiation, including an overview of the entire radiation spectrum from AM radio to gamma rays. He explains why nuclear power is inherently safe, and made even safer with the latest designs that can shut down without fear of overheating the core.
By providing this overview, Professor Wade establishes a scientific basis for his comments that the reader can follow.
See an earlier article, Radiation Fears, for details about Chernobyl, and radiation around the world.
Now another scientist, Carol Marcus, M.D. and Ph.D, professor nuclear medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, says LNT is baloney, and, ”Essentially in the same category as, The Earth is flat.”
Dr. Marcus, in a pending petition to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), is asking the NRC to abandon the LNT model. And, quoting another scientist, she calls LNT, “The greatest scientific scandal of the 20th century.”
Quoting from the Wall Street Journal, “Dr. Marcus advocates an approach that holds that low radiation doses aren’t harmful and could even benefit people’s health — a phenomenon known as hormesis, possibly reducing cancer rates by stimulating the body’s protective systems. Among other things, she wants the NRC to raise by 50-fold its allowable annual radiation dose to the public.”
Unfortunately, and true to form, the EPA is against any changes to the LNT model.
Extreme environmentalists who cry wolf at every mention of radiation have done our country a terrible disservice. They have played on people’s lack of knowledge about radiation so that every mention of radiation elicits a negative response.
Fear, promoted by extreme environmentalists and the EPA, has resulted in the gradual destruction of the nuclear industry in the United states.
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Nothing to Fear, Appendix, explains why nuclear power is dying in the United States.
Nothing to Fear is available from Amazon and some independent book sellers.
Link to Amazon: http://amzn.to/1miBhXy
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