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Radiation works

Part of the anti-nuclear case is based on the false, official view that all exposure to radiation is harmful. Small quantities are good for you

By Dick Taverne   August 2004

Most of us assume that public policy is based on evidence. Alas, not so.

Why do green campaigners, with the notable exception of James Lovelock, reject nuclear power, which emits no greenhouse gases? Because they are frightened of accidents and of radiation emanating from nuclear power stations and nuclear waste. Their fears of radiation are not only widely shared, but they are nourished by official sources and have even become official policy. Present policies for radiation safety are based on the “linear no-threshold assumption,” which is endorsed by the International…

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