Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Challenging Helen Caldicott

Yesterday, we made sure to note that Dr. Helen Caldicott was set to appear at the University of South Carolina to talk about the health effects of the incident at Fukushima -- all in an effort to point folks to more reliable sources of information on radiation and public health.

In today's edition of The State, there's a profile of Caldicott based on an interview that was done before last night's event. Curiously, the reporter didn't attend the lecture in person, but rather interviewed a local anti-nuclear activist about the event after the fact. And there I found an interesting morsel of information that was found encouraging.

About 50 people, mostly students, attended the talk, said Clements, a long-time anti-nuclear activist who is now with the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability. One student challenged some of Caldicott’s assertions, he said.
Indeed. In fact, we're hearing that there were some rather tense moments last night, details of which will be revealed elsewhere later in the week. Good to see that Caldicott's assertions aren't going unchallenged. Please stand by.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

And what do you at NEI think of Dr. John Gofman's views on radiation and health?

DW said...

Caldicott doesn't take well to criticism.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous,
I am not at NEI, but Dr. Gofman was one of the few anti-nukes who was honest enough to admit that natural background radiation has the same health effects that he claimed for man-made radiation. He didn't follow through, though, and advocate the immediate evacuation of Colorado and Wyoming. I suggest that you apply his radiation health effects claims to Kerala Province, India; Ramsar, Iran or Guarapari, Brazil and then figure out why there are still people alive in those places.

D. Kosloff

Matte said...

Please keep us posted (video prefered), love to see the good doctor fuming...

Anonymous said...

I don't know if this was the "one" student who challenged her at the event, but I saw this linked to elsewhere:

http://nuclearliteracy.org/caldicott-encounter/