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  •  From what I understand the chances that (9+ / 0-)

    you'll get cancer fluctuates with the given amount of exposure.

    SO, it's likely(?) in North America at current rates no one will get cancer from this. The cancer you or someone in your family will get will be from some one of the other myriad cancer causing man-made substances in the environment.

    Thank goodness for that, right?

    BUT, should things get worse, it's possible some people in North America WILL get cancer from the Fukushima radiation. Of course they'll face gut-wrenching forms of treatment, and financial and emotional distress that will probably last their lifetimes for however long that may be (unless of course you're one of the "Winning 400", then the financial strain is negated).

    Such is the price we must pay (apart from the actual government subsidies and rates to assure the corporations running the nukes profit) using this (dangerous) technology to produce electricity.

    Otherwise, we'll have to use coal and coal is bad. And dams break. And there's now clean technology to replace aging nukes so the trillion dollars the government must invest in future electricity technology should be spent on nuclear. And when the nuke plants go offline, we can remove the reactor and turn the site into a playground. And the spent fuel can be recycled into new fuel or stored in dry-dock. Never mind the logistical nightmare of transporting from here to there, you'll likely die from the impact from the spent fuel truck that just hit you and flipped over before the radiation will kill you.

    At least that's what I've taken from the pro-nuke proponents here to date. Though I haven't seen one drink a glass of reactor water yet.

    And Japan? I think it's their new petri dish.

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