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Or unless I understand a little of the power of wishful thinking.
Well, I personally know quite a few people in denial about matters of daily life, so I can see where you are coming from with this.  Nonetheless, wishful thinking tends to apply more at the level of upper management.  The technicians on the spot usually have a pretty good idea of how things actually work.  Malooga claims this from his experience in the oil refining industry.  I claim it too, for other reasons.  I have never worked in the nuclear industry but I know the main modes of failure--it is just not credible that the folk whose job it is to know these things and are trained in them are unaware.  Just from knowing the operating conditions before the earthquake the technicians on site would have known how much time they had to restore cooling.  We didn't know that because we didn't know the conditions.  But they did.  

Malooga's main point here is that the meltdowns were already known, but the decision was made for reasons of public relations to pretend that they were not known, but that a trend toward meltdown was evolving over days and weeks, rather than already past.  

Well, this is one familiar pattern!  Look at last April's BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Or the entire history of peak oil.  This is simply how management manages.  

I'd love to explore the alternate reality  
Congratulations on buying the media narrative.  I hope it gives you good service.  To say more would be off-topic.  
more reactors are safely decommissioned than blow up.

That is because they had exterior power that made decommissioning possible.  and that is exactly what I am recommending--that we decommission these plants while we have the power to do so.  

If the Sahara Desert plan works out, I will quit worrying--for Europe--as you will have all the power you need for decommissioning.  I admit I think the scheme is vaporware, but to explain why would be a whole new thread.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Sun Jun 12th, 2011 at 12:10:09 AM EST
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