Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
Fallout: Disasters, Lies, and the Legacy of the Nuclear Age
"Since 1945, more than 500 atomic weapons have been tested in the atmosphere with an equivalent of 29,000 Hiroshima bombs, and a total release of fallout about 600 times that of the Chernobyl accident."
"Everyone on the planet got some of the fallout, nobody was spared. The fallout could have killed nobody. Or it could have killed tens of thousands." - Fred Pearce, Fallout: Disasters, Lies, and the Legacy of the Nuclear Age (2018)
Part of the problem in assessing whether nuclear is a good idea are these ranges. According to the Soviet State, the Chernobyl accident killed 31. Green Peace figures 200,000. The author claims people tend to come down into pro and anti nuclear factions, and you can find support for either. Sometimes government don't do well to track potential nuclear harms, such as the lack of data on hundreds of thousands of soldiers who received critical doses when cleaning up graphite at Chernobyl.