Friday Matinee – How Nuclear Power Saves 1.8 Million Lives

NASA scientist Dr. Pushker Kharecha and Dr. James Hansen (the leading climate scientist in the US) recently authored a study which conservatively estimates nuclear power has saved 1.8 million lives, which otherwise would have been lost due to fossil fuel pollution and associated causes, since 1971.

DNews has the story:

For more information, see Ashutosh Jogalekar’s blog at Scientific American Nuclear power may have saved 1.8 million lives otherwise lost to fossil fuels, may save up to 7 million more.

Thanks to DNews

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3 Responses to Friday Matinee – How Nuclear Power Saves 1.8 Million Lives

  1. James Greenidge

    For me, 1.8 million saved after 40 years is a ridiculously small number. Some gumshoe research into hospitals around the world tracking down non-smoking related emphysema and respiratory disease cases that fill whole wards ought cough up well over ten times that figure!

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY

  2. the problem with nuclear energy is that there is always the risk of a catastrophe.

    With that logic green energy also saves lives but goverment doesnt take in account that, when they decide about energy production.

  3. James Greenidge

    Ana maria | April 14, 2013 at 14:31 |
    “the problem with nuclear energy is that there is always the risk of a catastrophe.”
    Er, nuclear energy already had its ultra-rare “catastrophes” over 60 years worldwide and you can pack all its fatalities from those into one Greyhound bus. I mean worst accident fatalities both worker and public. Match that one to other energy sources. You can’t.

    “With that logic green energy also saves lives but goverment doesnt take in account that, when they decide about energy production.”
    You must be kidding. Just north of NYC where I am there’s a “green” dam that the greens never pile on about earthquake risk but if it ever broke the city of White Plains and environs would be flushed away. Unfortunately dams have a bad fatal score card when they do. Vermont is coming to its senses about just how “benign” and romantic windmills are to the eye and wildlife and property values, ditto solar farms. You got to break out of Greenpeace’s fear goosestep and do some research on your own.

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY