“Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment”

Did you know the worst nuclear accident in the United States–a meltdown–was not Three Mile Island but Santa Susana, 29 miles northwest of Los Angeles?
Did you know a malfunction in a reactor 25 miles south of Detroit came close to causing a tremendous explosion and massive meltdown? (John Fuller, We Almost Lost Detroit).
These and other close calls are discussed in a new book Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment by Joe Mangano,  Director of Radiation and Public Health Project (RPHP). From a description of the book:
“Just one year after the Fukushima meltdown, all 54 reactors in Japan have been closed, and may never be restarted. Germany recently closed several reactors, and will shutter them all within a decade. Italy revoked its pledge to build new reactors, keeping that nation nuclear-free. All these decisions are based on the understanding that reactors are extremely dangerous and expensive.
“In the U.S., the remnants of the once-overwhelmingly powerful nuclear lobby are making their last stand for ‘clean’ nuclear energy. The sixty-year-old vision of power ‘too cheap to meter’ (words originally uttered by a banker promoting the industry) is back. While other countries end their reliance on nuclear energy, Americans contemplate its revival, even as existing reactors, which produce a fifth of U.S. electricity, pass retirement age and are corroding.
“In Mad Science, Joseph Mangano strips away the near-smothering layers of distortions and outright lies that permeate the massive propaganda campaigns on behalf of nuclear energy. He explores the history of the industry, with its origins in the Manhattan Project, through its heightening promotion during the Cold War and its entwinement with nuclear weapons.
Mad Science includes an account of nuclear accidents and meltdowns and their consequences, from Chernobyl to Santa Susana and beyond; as well as a point-by-point refutation of pro-nuke arguments. Atomic energy is unsafe – it deals with staggeringly poisonous substances at every stage of its creation – un-economical in the extreme and impractical.”

A related article on dangers of American nuclear reactors which have been suppressed by nuclear regulators: http://truth-out.org/news/item/13059-whistleblower-nuclear-regulators-suppress-facts-break-law


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2 Responses to “Mad Science: The Nuclear Power Experiment”

  1. Not a book I would pick up and peruse. Thank you for the review. The more I hear of government intervention in our energy programs, the more I want to find forty acres, a windmill, and return to the roots of my childhood: the family farm. We didn’t have electricity until 1952. We were surprisingly happy and self sufficient. We did have a “combination” stove that was wood on one side, and propane on the other side. We used it only in the warm months.

  2. Jessica says:

    Not one I’d seek out, either but it takes me back to the roots of MY childhood–growing up in Hiroshima. A far cry from yours, although after that childhood, I spent the rest of my youth living on a yacht which didn’t have electricity at first. Kerosene lanterns.

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