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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:50 pm    Post subject: The Onion has it right Reply with quote

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Nuclear Energy Advocates Insist U.S. Reactors Completely Safe Unless Something Bad Happens

WASHINGTON—Responding to the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan, officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sought Thursday to reassure nervous Americans that U.S. reactors were 100 percent safe and posed absolutely no threat to the public health as long as no unforeseeable system failure or sudden accident were to occur. "With the advanced safeguards we have in place, the nuclear facilities in this country could never, ever become a danger like those in Japan, unless our generators malfunctioned in an unexpected yet catastrophic manner, causing the fuel rods to melt down," said NRC chairman Gregory Jaczko, insisting that nuclear power remained a clean, harmless energy source that could only lead to disaster if events were to unfold in the exact same way they did in Japan, or in a number of other terrifying and totally plausible scenarios that have taken place since the 1950s. "When you consider all of our backup cooling processes, containment vessels, and contingency plans, you realize that, barring the fact that all of those safety measures could be wiped away in an instant by a natural disaster or electrical error, our reactors are indestructible." Jaczko added that U.S. nuclear power plants were also completely guarded against any and all terrorist attacks, except those no one could have predicted

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, but I thought the Onion was meant to be humorous? I much prefer the more vulgar Brit equivalent that also gets in a Peak Oil reference...

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/science-%26-technology/nuclear-disasters-not-just-caused-by-communism-201103143623/
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, that's about the size of it.
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