The Weekend Wonk: BBC – Is Nuclear Power Safe?
September 23, 2011
The BBC produced a documentary broadcast on september 15, examining nuclear safety in light of the Fukushima events. It’s a generally pro-nuclear piece, but there are certainly images in here, particularly of Japanese exclusion-zone refugees, that would have to give almost anyone pause..
The program presenter is a nuclear physicist who tells us he is completely neutral in the argument. I’m posting the whole thing here since so many people seem to be angry with me for perceived anti-nuclear bias. ( I think I’m a nuclear realist, actually – but more on that in the future)
Below, a recent, very similarly formatted investigation on Australian “60 Minutes”, had a different perspective – which includes impacts on the rescue workers who responded to the disaster, and illnesses other than thyroid cancer, which BBC focuses on exclusively.
I am posting also a short rebuttal to the BBC piece, by investigator Goddard’s Journal who has been doing some analysis of the available media and literature post-fukushima. He does a good job of pointing out some major weaknesses in the BBC piece. I think there is an argument to be made for some kind of nuclear generation using advanced processes, as BBC mentions – but, to their credit, they make it clear that none of these alternatives currently exist.