Dixie Lee Ray Quotes

A nuclear-power plant is infinitely safer than eating, because 300 people choke to death on food every year.

 
Context
The fear of a nuclear accident is not based on the statistics or probability of death or injury. When a person chokes, it is only that person who may die. IF there is a nuclear power plant meltdown, millions of people can be injured or killed. It is the possible scale of the problem which makes most citizens fearful.
Dixie Lee Ray
Dixie Lee Ray
  • Born: September 3, 1914
  • Died: January 2, 1994
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

Dixy Lee Ray was an American scientist and politician who served as the 17th Governor of the U.S. state of Washington. Variously described as idiosyncratic, and "ridiculously smart," she was the state's first female governor and was in office during the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. She was a supporter of atomic energy.