Carl Sagan: A Path Where No Man Thought (1991)

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Dr. Sagan discussed his new book, A Path Where No Man Thought, in which he reviews the threat of nuclear winter and the arms race.

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Nuclear Winter

by Carl Sagan

Except for fools and madmen, everyone knows that nuclear war would he an unprecedented human catastrophe. A more or less typical strategic warhead has a yield of 2 megatons, the explosive equivalent of 2 million tons of TNT. But 2 million tons of TNT is about the same as all the bombs exploded in World War II — a single bomb with the explosive power of the entire Second World War but compressed into a few seconds of time and an area 30 or 40 miles across …

In a 2-megaton explosion over a fairly large city, buildings would be vaporized, people reduced to atoms and shadows, outlying structures blown down like matchsticks and raging fires ignited. And if the bomb were exploded on the ground, an enormous crater, like those that can be seen through a telescope on the surface of the Moon, would be all that remained where midtown once had been. There are now more than 50,000 nuclear weapons, more than 13,000 megatons of yield, deployed in the arsenals of the United States and the Soviet Union — enough to obliterate a million Hiroshimas.

But there are fewer than 3000 cities on the Earth with populations of 100,000 or more. You cannot find anything like a million Hiroshimas to obliterate. Prime military and industrial targets that are far from cities are comparatively rare. Thus, there are vastly more nuclear weapons than are needed for any plausible deterrence of a potential adversary.


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3 thoughts on “Carl Sagan: A Path Where No Man Thought (1991)

  1. Pingback: Helen Caldicott on the Nuclear Power Conspiracy + Our Childrens’ Legacy « Dandelion Salad

  2. 11.16.10: It is so refreshing to hear Carl Sagan speak again. We all should write him, Fidel Castro, and Dr. Michel Chossudovsky for their outstanding conversation on this serious matter of treats by the US and Israel to use the Atomic bomb on Iran.. We also should thank Dr. Michel Chossudovsky for his excellent Global Research articles. Further, I want thank those associated with Dandelion Salad’s excellent articles. Most of all we need to send Sagan’s message and the profound Dandelion Salad’s publication of Dr. Chossudovsky Conversations with Fidel Castro to Obama, to all members of the House and Senate, and all the US allies, definitely also to Israel, all nations that possess the Atomic bomb.
    Georgianne E. Matthews

    • Thanks, Georgianne. We’ll have to write Castro and Chossudovsky, but Sagan died in 1996.

      There’s a convenient share button at the bottom of all posts on Dandelion Salad where one can email a link of any post to whomever. I agree that Castro’s pieces on nuclear weapons needs to be read by everyone and I’m sure there is a media blackout with the exception of alternative and independent websites.

      Thanks to Global Research for their copyleft policy which allows DS to republish with an active link back to their original post.

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