Let’s lay aside criticism of the nuclear industry today; if you really want a dose of that evil green goo Tyler’s ranting away just fine over at ZeroHedge.
What’s more disturbing is the apologists. Just the other night CBC’s chirpy science critter Bob McDonald dosed me with a couple dozen millisieverts worth of industry talking points. I’m planning to don HAZMAT in a few minutes and see what he’s saying today. But while waiting for that I’m reviewing this gem:
UK Independent (3/19 ’11): Michael Bywater: Awe and incomprehension blind us to the beauty of nuclear energy
But truth doesn’t come into it when we are dealing with such atavistic responses. You can argue that nuclear power is clean, efficient and safe. You can add that, leaving aside environmental consequences, coal, oil and gas claim more lives and destroy more health. I’d also add that nuclear power is also, if you’re lucky enough to see it close up (as I have been) extraordinarily beautiful. The engineering and the science are as lovely and elegant as a Mozart symphony. More than that, mixed-oxide (MOX) reactors, for example — like Fukushima Daiichi 3 — burn weapons-grade plutonium. And so they do something of spine-tingling moral elegance: they beat swords into ploughshares.
UPDATE: This is still legal. If it becomes illegal, it will be way too late:
One rather unanticipated asset is that, unlike in the aftermath of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, the public is not now clamoring for immediate cessation of nuclear power initiatives. Apparently, the industry’s long public selling job, which was finally starting to generate growth in the U.S., is having a residual impact.
UK Daily Mail (3/23 ’11): The Japanese disaster PROVES the value and safety of nuclear power
… If anything, the longer this bizarre, horrible story goes on the more convinced I am that what has happened in Japan amounts to an almighty and almost irrefutable endorsement of nuclear power and proof, of ever there could be such a thing, that nuclear power remains one of the safest and certainly greenest ways of making electricity we have.
and from the other side of the boardroom table …
Dissident Voice (3/23 ’11): The Nuclear Crisis at Fukushima
The attempt to transform the nuclear disaster in Japan into a manageable, not-to-worry event is well underway.
By the way, the family business was a bit unusual, and my own personal MOX consists of approximately 50/50 ira mixed in with acedia. Hopefully the second will have a semi-virtuous effect on the first 😉
-1 You Are Here
I, Toru, descend on Lehman
in road-crew orange. Do not
regard the plastic lifter in my left,
for they always break, look
else in the other, already pinched
by that shoggly flat spade
with the blue handle, son
to the red model QK 410B Y
6.66 pound plumbing fixtured
bookend in the dining room, grandson
to the kitchen’s microwave oven.
Yes a stink rises from the pits
once the scraping begins, but
see how bright
it gleams on toque
when I pause stand blow—
How relaxing it is to make snow go
from here to that other place.