This little treatise is in response to Mr. Stelzer's question last Friday on
the remembrance of Chernobyl. These are my thoughts on the spur of the
moment and I trust that they will make your day a little happier (no offense
What really happened at Chernobyl? What activities and decisions lead to the
accident? Do you have any brief sequence of events beginning from the
decision to use this reactor design?
How many Americans are disabled or disable others (disabled > not able to
produce enough to sustain themselves) by substance abuse annually?
How many Americans are disabled or disable others by use of automobiles
How many Americans are disabled by medical murder (abortion) annually?
The numbers that are quoted here for questionable Soviet economic/technical
priorities do not reflect on the price of Tea in China nor do they fairly
represent the benefits of ample, inexpensive energy. We enjoy the benefits,
although there were many unfortunate death of the constructors, of dams in
the US that provided the energy to produce goods and equipment to win WW2.
The continued use of dams may not be the best source of new energy. However
the wise application of electrical power facilitates production of tools and
equipment to make life more pleasant. Conservation of resources including
human life, hydrocarbons and potable water must be constant considerations
in our building and equipment designs.
Death happens. Life is not so certain. What can we do to make the interim
from conception to resurrection the best possible for ourselves and for
other human beings. A good life on this earth may be the prelude to death.
Who can predict or produce a good life. The directions are not easy to read
for most of us and we often want to revise them to suit our whim.
Wisdom is hard for me to attain - Who can tell how or when we become wise.
Abundant inexpensive energy has been available for years but we have been
forced to use valuable natural resources for transportation, space
conditioning and food production. Perhaps the next generation will be more
successful in developing energy sources other than using hydrocarbon
conversion. Positive, forward thinking and perhaps a little dreaming could
lead to wisdom.
What great accomplishment is your future?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steve Stelzer [SMTP:steve@...]
> Sent: Friday, April 27, 2001 3:40 PM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: [hreg] Food for thought
> UM. HAVEN'T WE LEARNED ANYTHING?
> People across the former Soviet Union offered their prayers yesterday
> to victims of the Chernobyl disaster, 15 years after the world's
> worst nuclear accident occurred in Ukraine. The Ukrainian government
> says that more than 70,000 people were fully disabled by the accident
> and more than 4,000 who took part in the clean-up have died. At
> least 7 million people in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine suffer
> physical or psychological effects from the radiation released during
> the catastrophe. Meanwhile, half of Americans now say they support
> using nuclear plants to produce electricity, an increase over two
> years ago, according to an Associated Press poll. And the nuclear
> industry may soon seek its first permit in decades to build a new
> plant in the U.S.
> straight to the source: Contra Costa Times, Associated Press, Sergei
> Shargorodsky, Apr 27 2001
> straight to the source: MSNBC.com, Associated Press, 25 Apr 2001
> straight to the source: CNN.com, Associated Press, 26 Apr 2001
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