Nuclear Nuisance Nuclear Shambles

Nuclear Power : “Peak Competence”

“The evidence continues to accumulate that we’ve already reached our peak competence for managing technology that carries such staggering potential for human and environmental harm. I often refer to the hurdles for any new technology to go from “it worked once in the lab” to “time to mass produce and ship it”. With some technologies, like nuclear fission-powered electricity plants, a significant issue in that journey has very little to do with the technology itself, and is almost purely a function of how our institutions choose to use it. Make an assumption that there will always be enough cooling water in a given spot (and never a dangerous flood), so we can put a nuclear plant where it’s economical or convenient or politically viable? Sure. Sounds safe to me…What could possibly go wrong?”

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