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Nuclear Power When it comes to the topic of Nuclear Power everyone has an opinion and they are either for or against it There really is no middle ground and that is evident in the essays written by two highly respected scientists One of them Dr John W Gofman is a strong believer in the concept of exposure to radiation being fatal and dangerous to human health Especially if the maximum allowed limit of nuclear radiation 170 milliremsyear is reached An opponent to Dr Gofman is Dr Bernard L Cohen a nuclear physicist turned environmental scientist and ardent supporter of the current scientific establishment Dr Cohen believes that the general public has been manipulated by irresponsible journalists and sensation-seeking scientists into thinking that any and all exposure to radiation is harmful to human health In this critique I plan on reviewing some of the major issues brought up by each side and try to show how each author has distorted or skewed data Then I plan on giving my interpretation and opinion on the future of nuclear power Dr Gofman seems to have many confusing ideas about the concept of nuclear power First of all he shoots down the government for giving money to nuclear industries and claims that doing this is totally inappropriate for government I dont know if Dr Gofman understands that we are kind of running out of energy sources and until we better develop things like solar power to make them more useful and economical we may need energy sources like nuclear power in the very near future Next he tries to convince the public that the nuclear supporters and groups like BEIR Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation lied about their findings of the number of deaths caused by radiation to be zero He goes through a x-ray radiation experiment where he finds the data of the BEIR committee to be off but still doesnt prove that their data
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