Nuclear power is safe.
Nuclear power is not safe at any price.
It reassures my faith in human arrogance.
Corporations, like TEPCO, can handle it.
TEPCO will be bankrupted without gov't bailout.
Corporations get profits, publc gets liabilities, status quo.
I have followed the Fuku story very closely since it happened, in fact I cancelled a trip to Japan that was scheduled two weeks after. Before I was pro-nuke, now I'm adamantly against it.
Japan has radiated it's people and country, it continues to radiate them everyday and will continue to do so for some time. The effects, particularly in health, will be felt for a couple hundred years. One would think of all countries Japan would be prepared to deal with such a disaster but as has been shown, they have no clue, before or after.
Mankind does not have the intelligence, knowledge, attitude or presence of mind to deal with nuclear energy. Maybe some time in the future, but not now.
I'll tell you another thing, the only thing that saved Japan from it being a complete and total disaster is the prevailing winds which blow west to east 95% of the time...out to sea. If the PWs were east to west everything from there down to maybe Kyoto would be radiated to a degree it would call for evacuation...Tokyo would be a ghost town.
And let's not even talk about the reaction from China and Korea.
IMO the only way nuclear power is safe is if it is 500-1000 feet underground but that kind of engineering might make it economically unfeasible.
My wife worked on developing safety critical computer software. I worked in developing 99.999%, 5 nines, total failure resistant hardware. There was always resistance from American management to take short cuts that risked having the stuff meet specifications. In addition certain cultures had an easier time trading meeting the requirements for reduced development time, testing, cost, etc. The worst culture in my experience is the Indian followed closely by the Chinese.
Read that sentence again.
And still be the safest form of energy that exists.
One of you will end up here next!
If I were you, I'd check my breathing tube. Must be under a lot of sand or deeply impacted. The banks have never financed Nukes. It's not about red tape. It is about the potential for catastrophic liability costs relating to malfunction, human error and eventual bankruptcy. If I'm a Nuke Corporation and my Nuke starts costing me more than it's making, I'm filing bankruptcy and that is the real world. Now the cleanup, decontamination, etc., is the public's problem and I can start another investment. That's why we have Corporations, to reduce liabilities. See how that works? After the profits are gone, bail, bankrupt, sayonara. Real world.