Early account of nuclear madness

I have always enjoyed Harvey Wasserman’s essays.   Here is his latest one.  He has a discussion about the recent report in the Smithsonian, about the accumulation of leaf litter at Chernobyl, discussed in this blog.   He also has a quote from Admiral Rickover, the creator of the nuclear submarines:

In 1982, Adm. Hyman Rickover, founder of the nuclear navy, put it this way:

Until about two billion years ago, it was impossible to have any life on earth; that is, there was so much radiation on earth you couldn’t have any life—fish or anything.

Gradually, about two billion years ago, the amount of radiation on this planet … reduced and made it possible for some form of life to begin, and it started in the seas. …

Now, when we are back to using nuclear power, we are creating something which nature tried to destroy to make life possible. …

But every time you produce radiation, you produce something that has life, in some cases for billions of years, and I think there the human race is going to wreck itself, and it’s far more important that we get control of this horrible force and try to eliminate it.

 

 

 

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