Kirk Ross today jumps on a story that will have legs for decades: the all out push by Big Power to irradiate the Southeast in the glow of nukular energy. The angle of his story is the always-dependable follow the money approach, which in this case is creepy as hell.
Without heavy rate increases, taxpayer incentives and the feds ignoring the standoff over the unsolved waste issue, those nukes just wouldn’t be possible. Dig deep folks and, uh, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
What steams me (pun intended) about the nukular debate is the intellecual dishonesty on the part of power companies. Their spokesbots are paid to paint rosy pictures and they do a damn fine job of it. They gloss over risks as though those of us with concerns are chicken-littles, instead of stepping up to the discussion with integrity and balance. As a result, everything they say is suspect and the resulting dialogue devolves into a he-said-she-said line of bullshit that benefits no one. I don't know when large corporations developed the idea that shucking-and-jiving was an effective approach to building trust, but whenever it was, it's wrong-headed and counter-productive.
PS Kirk's blog, Exile on Jones Street, is a great resource, definitely worth a daily drop-by.
PPS This is irrelevant to the discussion at hand, but hilarious nonetheless.