Friday, June 24, 2011

Anti Nuke movement goes supercritical

Just a few of the low points:

Fukushima meltdown – Caldicott says Japan may become uninhabitable – media silent

US Orders News Blackout Over Crippled Nebraska Nuclear Plant

Both were obviously false.

Mutant Rabbit Missing Ears Born in Namie City, Fukushima Japan. Never mind earless bunnies are evidentially quite common It is not simplify a type of isolated event that could or would be easily attributed to radiation exposure.

But the height of irresponsibility and scaremongering (because we all know they are after our babies):

Is the Dramatic Increase in Baby Deaths in the US a Result of Fukushima Fallout? 

And even that was misquoted:

Japan's nuclear meltdown linked to baby deaths along West coast

That the premise was made on such a small study that entails so many variables is totally absurd. On a nuclear advocacy board they take it apart, but its not that difficult to see that publishing such a claim was irresponsible at best.

A very good rebuttal is at Scientific American, where actually graphs infant mortality and puts the situation to rest:

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Only by explicitly excluding data from January and February were Sherman and Mangano able to froth up their specious statistical scaremongering.

Whats more alarming is two of these examples involve three major players in the medical anti nuke movement and also somewhat in the larger "respected" academic medical research communities. The claims they make are suspect and ridiculous to say the least.


  1. I knew that supposed surge in baby deaths was bogus. Good on you for posting this. Will you post this on the dreaded ClimateProgress?

  2. That site is difficult to use now if you are not a facebook regular, doesn't link, doesn't allow edits and is pretty much a mouthpiece for antinuclear and indirectly pro gas propaganda.

  3. Ok probably not - but they need to fix it and level the ground with nuclear. No matter where the chips fall. That includes serious look at all alternatives and their real costs and do-ability. .

  4. I dropped it in huffpost - I don't care if they don't read it. Its correct. They are ridiculous to be misled so easily. Im surprised the press has no courage to point out what is occurring and what has basis in fact and what is innuendo.