Friday, April 1, 2011

Please Pass the Plutonium

Another dose of common sense from William Tucker.
In the effort to portray nuclear power as the devil's handiwork, Ralph Nader once labeled plutonium "the most toxic substance ever known to mankind." In fact it is about as toxic as caffeine. Bernard Cohen, the tireless crusader for nuclear common sense, offered many times to eat as much plutonium as Nader would eat caffeine on "The Tonight Show" but Nader never took him up.
Well, caffeine is pretty toxic.

Update: Greg recommends The Strait Dope: Is nuclear power safe?