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SCIENCE-FOR-THE-PEOPLE June 2016

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Query on This Person FW: [pen-l] Documentary on Indian Point

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Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]>

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Below is a post on the Pen-L list. Can anyone comment on its content -- and give information on the writer?

It sounds pretty weird.

Carrol

-----Original Message-----
From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Pat McClung
Sent: Sunday, June 05, 2016 8:28 AM
To: Louis Proyect
Cc: Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition; [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [pen-l] Documentary on Indian Point

If "the kind of disaster that happened at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant" occurred at INDIAN POINT, itself an inconceivable and impossible conjecture, no humans would be demonstrably harmed from any nuclear radiation emanating therefrom, just as no persons have been demonstrably harmed (or will be, in the future) from the Fukushima plant "disaster" radiation.  19,000 people died in the Japan tsunami, but none (as in "zero") have or will die or even be harmed in any demonstrable way* from nuclear radiation emanating therefrom. (Couple of guys got a little "sunburn" on their legs from standing in irradiated water for several hours, but they're now fine, ask them) Renowned scientists who have analyzed the situation there keep saying this over and over, but nobody listens.  This is the definition of "hysteria".


The human hysteria over harmful nuclear radiation is a singular social phenomenon.  The only similar response in the western world I can note came in the year 1000, with the fear of the "Antichrist", and the coming disastrous end of the world.  Each has equivalent justification in reason, science, and human experience.


Nuclear reactors are about 50 times safer than coal-fired plants and 10-15 times safer than gas-fired ones.  Moreover, they are non-polluting.  "Clean" is the applicable word.

Now CO2 emissions, that is something that people can (and ought to) reasonably fear and take action against, including funding and building (a lot) of new nuclear plants, since this is the only thing that human beings know of that can do it, including "solar" and "wind" and "renewables".  If they don't do this, God help our grandchildren.


Pat McClung

*“It is unlikely that radiation is responsible for the recently reported thyroid cancer cases, given that there are no reports of cancer among infants, who are particularly susceptible to radiation,” Hoshi said in December, as quoted <http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/fukushima-16-more-cases-child-thyroid-cancer-linked-nuclear-disaster-1544119>  by International Business Times.

https://www.rt.com/news/332708-fukushima-survey-thyroid-cancer/ <https://www.rt.com/news/332708-fukushima-survey-thyroid-cancer/> 


On Thu, Jun 2, 2016 at 11:45 PM, Louis Proyect <[log in to unmask]> wrote:


	I saw this at a film festival last year and recommend it highly. The director is PEN-L'er Michael Meeropol's daughter
	
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	OPENS JULY 8 AT THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER IN NEW YORK AND JULY 22 AT LAEMMLE THEATRES IN LOS ANGELES
	
	First Run Features announces the US theatrical premiere of Ivy Meeropol's documentary INDIAN POINT at The Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York on July 8, 2016, with Los Angeles to follow on July 22, 2016 at Laemmle Theatres.
	
	INDIAN POINT takes an unblinking look at the dramatic debate over nuclear power by going inside the aging plant that looms just 35 miles from New York City. With over 50 million people living in close proximity to the facility, it has stoked a great deal of controversy in the surrounding community, including a vocal anti-nuclear contingent concerned that the kind of disaster that happened at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant could happen here. At the same time, its continued operation has the support of the plant's operators and the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) as they campaign to relicense Indian Point for another 20 years of operation.
	
	INDIAN POINT presents a complex story through the people who are most invested in the nuclear industry—the owners of the plant, the workers at the plant and the activists who want to shut it down. The film begins inside Indian Point with Brian Vangor, senior control room operator and 35-year veteran who says his job is making sure the plant's workers "get through their shifts unscathed." We hear from Marilyn Elie, a leader of the anti-Indian Point group IPSEC and her husband Roger Witherspoon, an environmental journalist. We also meet attorney Phillip Musegaas from Riverkeeper in New York who reveals what few people understand—the enormous damage the plant causes to the water that surrounds it.
	
	As nuclear disaster struck in Japan, Gregory Jaczko, then Chairman of the NRC, was shaken by the news. INDIAN POINT follows Jaczko to Fukushima as he attempts to understand the tragedy no one in his field thought possible.
	
	The debate at the center of INDIAN POINT is more timely now than ever. In February of 2016, news broke that the groundwater below Indian Point had been contaminated with radioactive material, prompting a state investigation.
	
	Filmmaker Ivy Meeropol had unprecedented access to the plant at the center of the most contentious relicensing process in the history of the industry. In the brewing fight for clean energy, INDIAN POINT presents a nuanced argument about the issues surrounding nuclear energy and offers a startling reality check for our uncertain nuclear future.
	
	Filmmaker Biography
	
	Ivy Meeropol is a producer and director of an array of acclaimed documentary feature films and television series. Meeropol recently directed and produced an episode for CNN's docuseries Death Row Stories, Executive Produced by Alex Gibney and Robert Redford. Her documentary series The Hill premiered on The Sundance Channel in 2006 and received an IDA nomination for best series. In 2007, Meeropol directed the feature documentary All About Abe and in 2003, she produced and directed Heir to An Execution, which had its world premiere at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and was shortlisted for an Academy Award®. She is currently directing and producing for an Emmy® award-winning climate change documentary series on the National Geographic channel.
	
	INDIAN POINT
	A film by Ivy Meeropol
	2015, USA, Documentary, English, 94 minutes, Digital
	
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