Thursday, May 25, 2006

And the Stupid Shit Just Keeps Coming

President Bush appeared in Limerick, PA, yesterday to advocate the building of more nuclear reactors. There's a nuclear power plant there, and the Bush people thought this would be a good backdrop for his speech. More on this later.

Now, as someone who has worked around reactors, I'm not sure what to think of the idea of building more fission reactors. If we could make fusion reactors work, that would be great. But fission reactors can be very dangerous. Of course, they are, in my experience, very well engineered, and quite safe. However, I never worked in a civilian reactor, where profit is the ultimate goal. Suffice it to say that I've got conflicted feelings on the matter. I'd prefer sources of energy other than nuclear fission, but, weighing all factors, I think fission beats oil.

All that said, if you are going to give a speech extolling the virtues of nuclear power, you might want to be more than a hundred miles away from fucking Three Mile Island.

Who planned this shit?

Bonus Stupid Shit points to Bush for again refusing to acknowledge the role of humans in global warming. Huzzah for the ostrich!

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