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    Reading on, it gets clearer that there is too much in human nature that avoids or misinterprets great responsibility (not always, but for every Lincoln we get 1,000 George Bush's), that subordinates it to petty concerns, to handle nuclear energy. Compound that with the kind of company & national cultures at Chernobyl and Fukushima, and responsibility flows away like water in the desert.

    "Once plant directors had settled on a relatively cheery scenario of Maximum Badness, they refused, as the decades rolled by, to revise their estimates as scientists produced more detailed and sophisticated information...Fukushima “disaster-readiness plans,” ones that involved, as an example, equipping the plant, in case of a complete disaster, with a single satellite phone, and one stretcher." I'm just so glad we don't have any of that kind of pigheadedness in the good old US of A.

    "Thomas Noyes pointed out in the Guardian that when the pocket-protector people start toting up the costs of various energy sources, they invariably neglect to note that the costs of nuclear power are “incalculable.”" Great point.

    "Plant workers trying to make repairs near a crippled reactor’s radioactive core might be less fearful if they could take a pill to repair their own radiation-damaged cells." Ugh. Why do otherwise intelligent people choose pretty lies over clear and vital reality? How can so many of our news anchors not care enough to research and think for themselves? We need more Rachel Maddows, and we need to move our culture towards transparency, meaningful dialog, thoughtfulness. Stewart and Colbert help a lot, by infecting the news and young people with a sharper awareness.

    So, final thoughts. A splendid piece of writing: informs, persuades, and has enough wit to keep it sparkling through a dark subject. I lean far more against nuclear power now. Thank you, for your work and inspiration, blueness.

    Time for me to return to my erratic orbit, into the cerulean.

    "Problems can't be solved by the same level of thinking that created them" Einstein

    by Brecht on Wed May 04, 2011 at 08:23:32 AM PDT

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