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Staying single a bigger threat than nuclear power, Turkish minister says
1.       tunci
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 06 Apr 2011 Wed 08:30 am

Staying single a bigger threat than nuclear power, Turkish minister says

Yıldız also said a number of other activities and conditions were more dangerous than the threat of nuclear power.

Yıldız also said a number of other activities and conditions were more dangerous than the threat of nuclear power.

 

The health effects of any potential nuclear meltdown pale in comparison to the dangers of remaining single, Turkey’s energy minister said Monday, even as people across the country are increasingly worried about the form of energy.

The life expectancy of bachelors is a full six years less than those who marry, Minister Taner Yıldız told private broadcaster CNNTürk on Monday. People who reside close to a nuclear plant, however, only live an average of 43 minutes less than someone away from such a power station, the minister added.

Yıldız also said a number of other activities and conditions were more dangerous than the threat of nuclear power. “Heart disease reduces life expectancy by 2,100 days, smoking by 2.3 years, poverty by 700 days, alcohol by 130 days and plane accidents by one day.”

Despite the government’s enthusiastic attitude toward nuclear power, there has been an “explosion” in awareness about the form of energy’s dangers due to the ongoing meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, according to Uygar Özesmi, executive director of Greenpeace Mediterranean.

“In two days, 20,000 people signed an antinuclear campaign on our website following the catastrophe at Fukushima,” he told a group of journalists, comparing it with the 180,000 signatures the organization was able to gather over the four previous months before a March 11 earthquake led to the Japanese nuclear disaster.

“People have become more sensitive to the issue,” he said, adding there was a serious reaction to the government’s plans to build nuclear power plants in Turkey.

Turkey announced it would press ahead with plans for two nuclear plants, including one that may use Japanese technology, despite Japan´s crisis and its own tendency to temblors.

The government has already agreed with Russia´s Rosatom to build its first plant on the Mediterranean.

“There is no transparency in the government’s nuclear policies,” said Cem Özen of Istanbul’s Kadir Has Üniversity, drawing attention to Turkey’s lack of expertise and knowledge in nuclear science.

“Turkey is a sleeping country in terms of nuclear science. Greece, which has no nuclear power plant, has more experience in this domain. When you go to international meetings, the participation from Turkey is limited to just a few scientists,” he said.

“Turkey will not have a nuclear power plant of its own. There will be a Russian plant working on Turkish territory. Under these conditions, it is much better to buy electricity from Russia,” he said.

Recalling that the new-generation nuclear energy plant to be built in Turkey would be using previously untested technology, Hilal Atacı, the climate and energy campaigner of Greenpeace Mediterranean, reiterated the group’s calls to abandon plans on nuclear energy and concentrate on renewable energy.

An initial draft on renewable energy presented to Parliament was a step in the right direction, but the final bill adopted by the legislature was very different from the original, Atacı said.

While the government continues to insist on its nuclear energy plans, Özesmi also criticized opposition parties, saying none of them had advanced realistic energy programs relying on renewables.


Not :  Staying  single is a bigger threat than nuclear power ? He might be right..{#emotions_dlg.bigsmile}

 



Edited (4/6/2011) by tunci

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