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I am the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! The most recent can be found at LosingMyReligions.net. Currently, I am President of One Step for Animals; previously, I was shitcanned from so many nonprofits that we can’t list them all here. Before my unfortunate encounter with activism, I was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA (to impress Carl Sagan). My hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED}. I live in Tucson with my soulmate and reluctant editor Anne, along with the occasional snake and scorpion.

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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