06 Jul '11, 8pm

Nuclear power is fine—it’s corporate power that’s dangerous:

In the Guardian , George Monbiot argues that nuclear power was the least of Fukushima's problems. Sure, the nuclear industry is corrupt and regulation-resistant -- but name a power industry that isn't. When it comes to health threats, says Monbiot, the conscienceless scumbags in the nuclear industry are miles ahead of all the other conscienceless scumbags. For starters, nuclear plants aren't fundamentally unsafe, says Monbiot -- they're just old sometimes. The Fukushima Daini plant, right next door to Daiichi, is ten years younger and weathered the tsunami just fine, and newer plants are even safer. The problem isn't the plants, but the owners and officials: Tepco, the company that runs Fukushima, was lazy and corner-cutting in its emergency preparations, and regulators turned a blind eye. You know, just like what happens in every other energy industry. Only those industri...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-07-06-nuclear-power-is-fin...

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