Guest Columns

Critical Analysis of Mousseau Fukushima Presentation

Editor’s Note: On March 11, 2013, Dr. Timothy Mousseau gave a presentation at the Helen Caldicott sponsored symposium on the Medical and Ecological Consequences of Fukushima. This analysis by Dr. Patrick Walden, was posted as a TRIUMF wiki soon after that event and is republished here with his permission.
Dr. Walden is a retired nuclear physicist who earned his PhD at Caltech.

This is the presentation that Dr. Walden critiques.

Mousseau’s Presentation
to The Helen Caldicott Symposium on the Medical and Ecological Consequences of Fukushima
March 11, 2013
A Criticism

By Patrick Walden

The Helen Caldicott Symposium on the Medical and Ecological Consequences of Fukushima was held March 11 and 12, 2013 on the second anniversary of the incident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant facility in Japan. It was also the second anniversary of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami which killed 15,883 people and caused USD $235 to $300 billion in damage. The reactor incident killed no one but has occupied most of the media attention in the past two years.

The Symposium was not a meeting of scientists and their peers coming together to discuss their respective research. This was organized by the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), a Helen Caldicott founded ultra anti-nuclear group, who are committed to bring about a nuclear free planet under any and all circumstances and that also includes nuclear power. This is an ideological driven organization and not a factual driven organization. This meeting could be compared to a Global Climate Change Denial symposium given by the Heartland Institute, or maybe even the equivalent of the Discovery Institute organizing lectures on why Evolution is not true.

It matters not if nuclear power can alleviate CO2 emissions into the atmosphere to mitigate global climate change; Helen Caldicott and the PSR are here to stop that. Do not be fooled by the “New York Academy of Medicine” sign on the podium. This is just the venue. They did not sanction the meeting. The crowd you hear in Mousseau’s presentation are not those of fellow scientists, but are those of the celebrated anti-nuclear activists in the streets.

It was into this setting that Mousseau was invited to give his talk.
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