About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! Next will be the bestseller "Losing My Religions." Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from more nonprofits than there is room to list here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA to impress Carl Sagan. His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED} He lives in Tucson with Anne and no dogs, no cats, and no African tortoises (although he cares for all of these).

Monday, December 16, 2019

The greatest industrial accident ever

Disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima get all the attention and drive (bad) policy, but Bhopal was a vastly worse catastrophe. Over half a million people were injured and almost certainly more than 10,000 killed. Yet basically no one remembers this. We abandoned nuclear power -- a reliable, low-land-use, carbon-free means of generating electricity -- for far far less. I wonder how much is fear of the unseen ("radiation is scary!") and how much is racism / imperialism (Indian lives don't really matter).

And, of course, coal has killed (directly and indirectly) and will kill (via climate change) orders of magnitude more people than nuclear.

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