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
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.
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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N.B. Special thanks to The Week for featuring yesterday's article, Post Nuclear Japan, Pre Disaster United States. Also thanks to users at The Agonist for their comments in a lively and informative ongoing discussion.