Bernie Schwartz, professor emeritus of health physics at the University of Pittsburgh, in his book on need for nuclear power makes that point that nuclear power plants clearly save lives. He makes the point that foregoing nuclear power meant using coal, which has far worse health consequences. He further argues that foregoing power generation was even worse than burning coal, in its effect on longevity. The mechanisms of causation are not clear, nor easy to explain, but economic well being and use of electricity strongly, independently and positively correlate with longevity.
JR Dunn may have something here. Presenting them with evidence they're indirectly killing people will certainly knock them off their high moral perch, no?
My experience with liberals tells me that no matter how many times one rebuts their ridiculous ideas, or how logical and factual the rebuttals, they will simply come up with a new angle with which to cling to their fallacious beliefs. You don't rebut them with the idea that you're eventually going to make them see the light (although it can happen). You rebut them with the intent of informing rational people of which side the truth and facts are on. That's because otherwise rational people can fall for the emotionalism of liberalism, especially when it's disguised as caring. They just need to be shown the whole picture.
What many analysts leave out is the proven false theory of tabula rasa or the blank slate theory. Liberals propagated this lie for decades before it was thoroughly debunked. The theory held that man was a blank slate unto which anything could be projected or inculcated. This led liberal people in the criminology area to believe anyone could be rehabilitated under the right conditions. That is why you got violent criminals being put in halfway houses where they escaped and killed again. Or violent parolees murdering again. The anti-gun mentality has also cost many women their lives.
Recent example: Light bulbs.
Ban the old and bring on the new, which just so happens to contain mercury which in turn, is certain to get into the ground water.