… occasionally. While the Japanese are still trying, and struggling mightily with all kinds of problems, to mop up the Fukushima mess, the whole business of nuclear power generation goes largely unreported in the US mainstream media.
But every once in a while that’s not true, and they do a halfway decent job of raising questions that seriously need raising. There are a couple of pieces here on 9thousandfeet about the problem of aging plants here in the US that are the same design at those in Japan, most of them now well past their design shelf-life, but whose operating licenses keep getting renewed. Rubber stamped, really.
Here’s a fairly decent piece by CNN which discusses this, and also the nefarious and misleading nonsense that the plant operators often release in response not only to public requests for information, but also to requests from supposed regulatory agencies. Agencies, as this piece shows, that are no more interested in fulfilling their mission — ostensibly to ensure safe operations and protect the US public — than anyone else.
The end result is always the same. Some wretched functionary comes across looking like a duplicitous dick, as here. Because that’s what he is, and that’s the way this game is played. Beyond a doubt, it will require a serious malfunction somewhere for this problem to be taken seriously.
Government officialdom, and political candidates (mostly men, as I never tire of pointing out), are too busy being all up in women’s uteri to be bothered by shit like this;