There’s a reason we have regulations in place for various industries: accidents can kill huge numbers of people. But as a new report on the Fukushima nuclear crisis underscores, those regs only work when they are well written and well enforced:
WaPo –In a blistering assessment, authors described how regulators and nuclear operators went to painstaking lengths to either ignore safety risks at the plant or cover them up. It accused Tepco and government officials of slow and faulty communication after the disaster, which, the report said hampered the emergency response.
I’m probably more open to nuclear power than most progressives. The fact is all forms of power have a distinct suite of advantages and disadvantages. But the specific disadvantages of nuclear power can only be addressed with consistent oversight of effective regulations regarding waste products and emergency preparation.
Regulations of all kinds were already under assault by K-street lobbyists and the entire GOP party apparatus. I just don’t see that changing for the better in a post Citizens United world.