March 15, 2011
Liberals and Nuclear Power: Any Risk a Bad Risk?
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant crisis means one thing to liberals: risks aren't worth taking - even reasonable risks. The Washington Post's Eugene Robinson nicely distills the liberal mindset writing about the nuclear reactor meltdown at Fukushima. Despite Robinson acknowledging that the Japanese earthquake was a "once in a lifetime event"; that newer designed reactors wouldn't experience the breakdown of Fukushima's older reactors; or that given the high competence of Japanese engineers and management, the Fukushima crisis will likely be contained - none of that really matters. What matters to Robinson is that that "there is no such thing as a fail-safe system. Stuff happens." Quite a revelation from Robinson. On imperfect Planet Earth, imperfect humans can't give iron-clad assurances that their endeavors and inventions, will at times, fail. Hence, perhaps, it's best to eliminate whole categories of risk. ...(Read Full Post)