Fake science news with respect to
“Chernobyl” on HBO. This is why nuclear has to swim upstream.
CFACT.org provided this review of the HBO’s presentation “Chernobly.”
HBO’s Chernobyl is great entertainment. So is The Simpsons. Sadly, the sensational way nuclear power is depicted in popular culture energizes the anti-science, anti-energy Left.
Nuclear energy is perhaps our best source of electricity. Nuclear also emits no CO2 (if that’s your thing).
Dr. Kelvin Kemm is an award-winning South African nuclear physicist. Check out his detailed review of HBO’s Chernobyl at CFACT.org:
As a nuclear scientist I can tell you that the fundamental story of the sequence of events during the portrayal of the Chernobyl accident were correct. Issues around governance and procedure as portrayed were essentially correct.
But the blood and skin peeling scenes were not. Sadly the producers lied – intentionally, to gain box office income. They succeeded in the income goal. But they insulted we nuclear scientists and insulted the intelligence of those viewers who knew a bit more science than most. They also led many other viewers down a twisted path to further ignorance and confusion, which certainly should not be the objective of a history documentary…
Human bodies do not become radioactive in a situation like that. What can happen is that someone, like a fireman, leaves the scene with radioactive dust on his clothes and maybe in his hair. Any radiation protection officer present would then make him take off all his clothes and take a good shower, before going home.
Firemen were not radioactively contagious, as portrayed by HBO. A fireman could not have irradiated his pregnant wife at home as HBO claimed. Her baby could not have died of heart and liver disease as a result. That is pure HBO bunk. Something like playing a tune on the aircraft fuselage in the Andes, using human bones as drumsticks. Very good for viewer horror, but very far from the truth.
Nuclear energy has a fantastic safety record and the latest designs could not be more impressive.
Germany, however, bowing to its anti-nuke Green movement, decided to scrap its nuclear power plants and invest a fortune on wind and solar. The result? Germany nearly tripled its energy prices, while remaining dependent on coal plants to provide the reliable electricity intermittent “renewables” can’t provide. Although they spent a fortune, German emissions have not declined.
France, on the other hand, went nuclear.
German households now pay around 30 Euro cents per kilowatt hour for electricity while the French pay only 17.
Americans pay around 12.83 U.S. cents per kilowatt hour (11.82 Euro cents). State energy prices vary widely with pro-energy states paying around a dime, while states with Green regulatory regimes such as California and the New England states paying from 19 cents per kwh to over 23.
Countries such as Germany, Spain and Denmark provide perfect illustrations of what not to do, unless driving people into energy poverty is your goal.
While entertainers have the right to exaggerate for dramatic and comedic effect, Chernobyl goes a step too far. Frightening people away from clean, abundant, safe and affordable nuclear to sell a cable channel does the world a great disservice.
The facts reveal that nuclear power is a safe, smart, affordable way to generate electricity.
People need to know.
For nature and people too,