[ExI] Two Japanese reactors on red alert

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Tue Mar 15 21:02:44 UTC 2011

On 03/15/2011 07:51 AM, Richard Loosemore wrote:
> Eugen Leitl wrote:
>> On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 09:56:59AM -0400, Richard Loosemore wrote:
>>> On paper, great.
>>> On the ground, as thin as paper.
>> You sound surprised.
> I sound ... frustrated, and let down.
> These things are not (it turns out) about physics and engineering, 
> they are about organizational psychology, and politics.
> Too often, those who focus on the benefits of nuclear power want to 
> talk about all the nice, easy-to-compute aspects of the situation 
> (i.e. the physics).  The psychology and the politics, not so much.

The bottom line actual facts on the ground is that to date, over decades 
of use, even with far less than state of the art systems, that energy 
produced by nuclear power is safer and has harmed or killed far less 
people than anything other source used at the same scale.   That isn't 
theory or bias but the actual historical fact of the matter.

- samantha

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