Our scale lets ordinary citizens cut through all the technical stuff and
constantly focus on the universal, bottom-line question that always
concerns them, yet is rarely answered:
What are the odds that this supposed hazard
will affect me or my family in any one year
or in my lifetime?
Unless you challenge them, the experts don't help you put risks into
context. They measure chemical risks, environmental risks, nuclear risks
and medical risks in different, confusing units. Our scale always uses
the same bottom-line numbers (extending from -6 to +6 ) in a way
similar to the Richter Scale for earthquakes. It compares risks just the
way "we the people" do.
We chose the 1-in-1-million point as our "Effective Zero" point because
U.S. government agencies consider risks below this point too small to
regulate - hence, effectively zero.
By looking at the top of The Paling Perspective Scale, you can see that
these "bottom-line numbers" relate to the different odds: from one in
one, to one in a trillion! In other words, this one scale covers any-
thing that possibly could affect you or your family!
The further to the right you move away from the effective zero point,
the likelihood of some risk becomes ever greater. At +6, the odds
represent 1 in 1 or absolute certainty. The more you move to the left of
center, the risks become rapidly more minuscule.