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Anti-nuclear quote of the week.

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“The reuse of spent fuel is catastrophically dangerous. It means separating plutonium from the radioactive waste, fabricating it into fuel rods and fueling a reactor with 5 to 15 tons of plutonium, which is cooled by liquid sodium, a highly reactive explosive material.

As 10 pounds of plutonium is critical mass, and as less than one millionth of a gram is carcinogenic, a loss of the volatile coolant could induce a massive nuclear explosion which could be seen from the moon, scattering deadly plutonium to the four winds.”

There are no prizes for guessing who this is from. You can stop over on that page and post comments, if you feel so inclined.

We seem to just keep hearing claims that move further and further from reality, and further into the realm of just Making Stuff Up.

There was one simple sentence delivered by Carl Sagan in The Demon-Haunted World that Caldicott, and her followers, might do well to take heed of: Try science.

Please just try the scientific method, just for once.

Written by Luke Weston

October 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm

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  1. Pretty impressive that Caldicott manages to get the plot of _On the Beach_ wrong. That takes talent, or something.

    Sovietologist

    October 9, 2008 at 8:37 pm

  2. Caldicott went to Port Hope and told everyone to move or the radiation would kill them. She should be thrown in a cell as there are provissions in the Riot Act aimed at preventing this kind of fear mongering that has the potential to cause a stampede.

    Jack Gamble

    February 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm


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