until corners are cut, and safety issues are ignored to save money and keep shareholders and Wall Street happy. They are only as safe as the greed or dishonesty in the company that owns them. And when it comes to budgets and bottom lines, there isn't a company out there that doesn't cut corners.
Then there's the rare what if events -
What if we had a massive pandemic that wiped out millions globally? Who keeps these smouldering perma-burners from melting down then?
Or an asteroid strike that nailed a few of them and sent it all airborne?
I know, those are awfully big "What ifs" aren't they.
Well, so was a Mag 9 on the coast of Japan. Where they built a plant only capable of withstanding much lower magnitudes to begin with, unconcerned with the possibility of a 200 year event, yet in a region where they knew it was very possible, and didn't even consider a massive tsunami while building it right on the coast.
Can CA's nuke plants withstand Mag 9's? Tsunamis? I bet they wouldn't even hold up as well as Fukushima did the way business and politics work in this country.
The point is, although rare, these kinds of "what ifs" do happen. And it only takes the one of the wrong kind of what ifs in combination with a kniving developer or a shady, corner-cutting corporation to devastate everything. Which is basically all corporations.
The rest of the sources accidental pollution can be cleaned up for the most part. Radiation is fairly permanent and far more lethal.
One can have faith in radiation as a safe source of power, but only when he can put faith in the humanity that plans it, maintains it, and profits from it.
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