This post should begin with a disclaimer; mathematics and lies are closely related. Clever people can cut figures in accurate ways that give them mathematical support to their argument. In this case we have clever people in the form of The Next Big Future bloggers and their goal is to educate people about new technologies.
The headline stats are simple. A calculation on the deaths caused by fuel versus the power generated. What does TWh mean? I take it to be an extension of “KWh” or kilowatt hour and “MWh” or milliwatt hour. Therefore TWh means terawatt hour.
The calculations clearly have coal as the run away villian. Coal power kills thousands more people than nuclear does when you measure it on a deaths per TWh scale. Is that a far way to measure things? I suppose its a way to measure risk.
It also shows that nuclear is a safer power, on this death/risk scale, than biofuel, peat, solar, wind and hydro. The whole article can be read here if it peaks your fancy.
In Pure Spirit
What do you think? Can we trust this figures? If they’d accurate does it change your view on nuclear power?