Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Glow, Baby, Glow!

I guess the right-wing energy "experts" were right - nuclear power is just as safe as oil production in this country!

When are we going to have a serious national conversation about the dangers of our high energy consumption? It would be one thing if policy could be discussed with a deep national understanding that fossil fuel and nuclear energy production came with serious human and environmental costs, and the subsidies we make available to providers of cheap energy.

It is another thing entirely to have that conversation with blinders on, which is our current state of affairs.

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2 comments:

alli said...

Those "costs" are invisible to the producers and not reflected in the price. They are external.

To have the discussion you want to have, we have to be willing to price (aka TAX) carbon emissions, radioactive pollution, and other externalities. Otherwise, they will never be reflected in the price of production and will not factor into any discussion of energy costs.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

To have the discussion I want to have, people have to be convinced to consider the external costs (and take their blinders off).

Pollution is a big, pervasive, expensive problem that polluters spend huge amounts of capital and cash to marginalize. As long as that problem remains marginalized, discussing policy solutions is an excercise in futility.