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"Whichever way the wind blows" - Update Fukushima I Nuclear Disaster

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Non-technical comparisons between Fukushima and Chernobyl are more apt, specifically in terms of governance in the nuclear industry and complacency as to risk. Nuclear insiders in many jurisdictions are notorious for being an unaccountable power unto themselves, and failing to release critical information publicly.  Stoneleigh, The Automatic Earth, March 13

Fukushima I is a man made disaster just as the next disaster will be man made.  Why?  Because men forged ahead despite science and common sense to build these ticking time bombs that will inevitibly fail at a rate greater than zero.  We now have the first frame of a total picture that defines the horror of nuclear energy.

Those in charge are just warming up.  They have more in store for us.

Bringing it Home - "A Confederacy of Dunces" Prevails  in Washington

Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate's Republican majority leader, endorsed ongoing efforts for nuclear power

"This discussion reminds me, somewhat, of the conversations that were going on after the BP oil spill last year," Mr. McConnell said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday." "I don't think right after a major environmental catastrophe is a very good time to be making American domestic policy."   Wall Street Journal, M arch 13

In the tradition of The Money Party, that bipartisan group of Democrats and Republicans who do the heavy lifting for the ruling elite, President Obama came through as expected:

Obama Stands by Nuclear Power

WASHINGTON--Obama administration officials Monday brushed aside calls for a freeze on new U.S. nuclear power development, and sought to reassure the public the nation's nuclear facilities are safe and the threat of harmful radiation reaching U.S. soil from Japan is minimal.

The Obama administration has said it wants to speed construction of nuclear-power facilities as part of a strategy to support sources of energy that emit little or no carbon dioxide or other gases linked to climate change.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that Mr. Obama continued to support nuclear power, and that the administration would incorporate lessons from the Japanese accident into regulations.  Wall Street Journal, March 15

Are these people completely out of their minds?  (Rhetorical question)


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