Even Pro-Nukers can Regain their Sanity… Hopefully in Time

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Admiral Hyman Rickover, the Father of the Nuclear Navy, testified before Congress in January 1982. Given who this man was and what he did, his statements were profound and ‘eye-opening’ for all… and especially for pro-nukers.

Here’s an excerpt from Adm. Rickover’s testimony:

“I’ll be philosophical. Until about two billion years ago, it was impossible to have any life on earth; that is, there was so much radiation on earth you couldn’t have any life — fish or anything. Gradually, about two billion years ago, the amount of radiation on this planet and probably in the entire system reduced and made it possible for some form of life to begin… Now when we go back to using nuclear power, we are creating something which nature tried to destroy to make life possible… Every time you produce radiation, you produce something that has a certain half-life, in some cases for billions of years. I think the human race is going to wreck itself, and it is important that we get control of this horrible force and try to eliminate it… I do not believe that nuclear power is worth it if it creates radiation. Then you might ask me why do I have nuclear powered ships. That is a necessary evil. I would sink them all.”

On the hazards of nuclear power.
Testimony to Congress (28 January 1982);
published in Economics of Defense Policy:
Hearing before the Joint Economic Committee,
Congress of the United States, 97th Cong., 2nd sess., Pt. 1 (1982)

Thanks to our friends at www.NIRS.org (Nuclear Information and Resource Service) for this one.

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