Friday, January 11, 2008

"Nuclear Power is progressive."

One of my old favorites in the Blogosphere is James Lileks. In today's Bleat, he gets around to redefining some old and cherished political ideas:

Nuclear power is progressive; the status quo, in place for twenty years, still thinks “The China Syndrome” is a documentary. I know it’s a different definition of progressive, but heck: redefining “progressive” is progressive.
Thanks to our buddy Carter Wood at NAM Blog for the pointer.

2 comments:

Headless Blogger said...

The China Syndrome wasn't a documentary? It took this nuclear professional 25 years in the industry to realize that it WAS.

From my blog:
"The China Syndrome may have been flawed technically, but it portrayed the human element with some accuracy. Things are better in the business today, but it is foolish to think we are perfect. We should embrace the human performance lessons of The China Syndrome as we go forward with this new generation of nuclear power plants."

http://headlessblogger.blogspot.com/2007/09/jane-fonda-was-correct.html

Stephen said...

Nuclear power is more than progress, it is the next quantum leep in mankind's ability to expand and harness the forces of nature for the purposes of exploration, expansion, comfort, safety, creation and so on.

First there was only human muscle.

Then man learned to use combustion and it made civilization possible.

Then man learned to use steam and to convert thermal energy to mechanical energy and it made industry possible.

Then man learned to use electricity and it made telecommunications and information and transmission of energy and the modern society possible.

Nuclear energy is the next great leap. It is not an evolution, but it is one of those jumps forward that happens only occasionally in human history.

To understand and harness nuclear energy is as significant as to understand harness chemical energy or electrical energy.