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  •  another good point (1+ / 0-)
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    Or perhaps (the Nuclear Power Industry) feel that America is ready to grasp any ready alternative to fossil fuels.

    I don't mind looking at alternatives, as long as there's oversight. Since the Reagan administration, apparently there's been next to none on much of anything.

    The American Television and Newspaper Mainstream Media = Private, For Profit Corporate Information Service Monopoly

    by o the umanity on Wed May 12, 2010 at 01:06:16 PM PDT

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    •  On the subject of oversight (1+ / 0-)
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      Logically, you're correct.
      And there are technical reasons to trust Nuclear power plants more today than we should have trusted them 20 years ago.  Designs are more sophisticated and becoming standardized, and we're much closer to developing real technological solutions to nuclear waste management.

      Still, oversight is only as good as the people handed the responsibility, and we live in a World where the public trust is routinely sold out to avarice. Unfortunately, non-feascance, mal-feascance or misfeasance by a single Federal overseer can lead to irreparable harm.

      Even if the technology for safe oil exploration and fool-proof nuclear plants improves, we still must rely on individuals to properly apply and oversee that technology. Giving the President and scores of other political leaders(and generals) around the World control over nuclear armageddon has been a risky enough proposition, and getting riskier.  Every day, we mindlessly hand over the power of vast devastation to lower echelon workers in power plants and on oil platforms. Sooner or later, all the technology in the World won't be able to undo the whoops of one nameless and careless schmuck charged with monitoring a set of critical pressure gauges.  Suddenly, it's goodbye to our food and/or water supply - or goodbye Cleveland.

      In my opinion, that's too great a risk for a sane society to accept.

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