Monday, January 23, 2006

Miner Deaths

The recent deaths of 14 miners in West Virginia is tragic. My prayers go out to the families of all.

Now I am going to bring a bit of politics into my blog.

In 2004, 42,800 people died in traffic fatalities in the US. Each of these deaths was just as sudden, and just as catastrophic, to the families of deceased as was each miner death. But where is the press, the outrage? Where are the politicians demanding hearings? Where are the families?

Our politicians are using this tragedy as a way to grandstand and spend money. We don't need more laws for miner safety. We don't need congressional hearings. It is not the governments' role to intercede in the private contracts between employer and employee.

Let me suggest that far fewer people have died from nuclear energy than from coal energy. Perhaps, for miner safety, we should do away with coal power plants and start to build nuclear power plants again. Nuclear power is much cleaner, safer, and efficient than coal.

And lets consider ways to reduce the highway fatalities.

6 Comments:

Blogger James Aach said...

Given your interest in nuclear energy, you might find the book provided at no cost to readers at RadDecision.blogspot.com to be of interest. It is an accurate thriller novel of nuclear power written by a longtime industry engineer. There's even several traffic accidents. (me)

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Blogger Jim Hopf said...

According to EPA, coal plant emissions cause 25,000 deaths annually, as well as inflicting ~$100 billion in indirect economic damages. It is also the largest single source of CO2 emissions.

Western nuclear power has never had any measurable impact on public health or the environment, and it does not contribute to global warming.

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