Greenpeace USA executive director warns of nuclear power dangers and Congressman Dan Webster faces hostile crowd at townhall meeting

04/27/11 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up we'll hear from the director of Greenpeace USA on the future of nuclear power. And later we'll hear some sound from a tense town hall meeting held by Congressman Daniel Webster. But first a listener comment about yesterday's interview with Sixties activist Bill Zimmerman.

Yesterday Ukraine marked the 25th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident at its Chernobyl power plant.

On April 26 1986, the No. 4 reactor at the Chernobyl plant, then in the Soviet Union, exploded and caught fire after a safety test experiment went badly wrong.

The blast sent radiation billowing across Europe.

A total of 31 people died immediately but many more died of radiation-related sicknesses such as cancer, many of them in what is today Belarus.

We're joined now by Phil Radford who is executive director of Greenpaece USA. He warns that Chernobyl, Fukushima and the track record of nuclear power here in the U.S. shows nuclear power is far too dangerous. He advocates energy conservation, solar and wind.

Next we'll listen to some sound from last night's town hall meeting hosted near Orlando by first-term Republican member of Congress Daniel Webster. He was met with a lot of skepticism about the GOP approach to cutting the federal deficit.

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