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In a landmark study completed in late 2017, a group of UK scientists set out to find the truth about the risk of a nuclear accident. They used the “J-VALUE” a mathematically rigorous way to assess the cost-benefit of policy decisions in terms of changes to life expectancy and economic impact.
Here is what they found:
No one should have been evacuated from Fukushima due to radiation levels. The average expected loss in life expectancy from staying was 19 days. Instead, there were 1,121 deaths in the 3 years from physical and mental reactions do to the evacuation. This averaged out to a loss of life of 37 days. The loss of life expectancy in the worst affected Fukushima town was still less than that experienced by Londoners due to air pollution.
Not using this method in policy making has real impacts. Japan and Germany switched from nuclear to coal after the Fukushima accident. This resulted in an additional 28,000 air pollution-induced premature deaths.
Even in Chernobyl, five times too many people were moved away between 1986 and 1990. If another nuclear accident happens, data from Chernobyl and Fukushima should teach us to be wary of evacuations for the long term.
The COVID-19 pandemic here in New Mexico has reached 9 months when it should have been assessed within 3 months or shorter. What we are experiencing now is the postmortem effect of physical and mental depression by not being out doing our daily routines more safely then we were. There was no valid reason to keep the state on lock-down this long.
This is the same sociopolitical agenda that I have been experiencing with the environmentalist and state government opposing nuclear energy and fuel storage. We have got to come to our senses and learn about this fear that has been perpetrated against the general population about viruses and radiation. Both are needed to sustain life on this earth and both can be managed in a safe and responsible way.