… is the fact that you can trust the nuclear power industry about as far as you can throw an elephant.
If you can’t trust an entire industry to even look at you and not lie, then why do we trust them to do anything important?
For example, Ohio.
In Ohio, there has been a long term somewhat complicated fight over nuclear energy.
In a nutshell, and possibly oversimplified:
The Ohio nuclear power industry seeks major public funding to extend the lives of existing projects.
A bill is passed, HB6, which affords this bailout. The fight over that bill and similar initiatives fueled the development of a fairly impressive pro-nuclear lobbying effort which has spilled out into other states including Minnesota. The idea is that the nuclear industry wants states to pass bills supporting nuclear energy development, and/or remove restrictions or disincentives.
A citizens group, “Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts” is trying to get together a petition opposing the bill, asking for a statewide referendum abrogating it.
Now, there is a pro nuclear group claiming that the anti-nuclear effort is a Chinese Plot. Here is their over the top ad, showing now in Ohio, which is expected to be the beginning of a long and intense flood of rhetoric Ohio voters can expect between now and … well, whenever.
Just look at those poor frightened Ohioans being all plotted by the Red Chinese and stuff.
For the record, there is zero evidence that the Chinese are involved in any of this.
The actual opposition to HB6 “…includes consumer advocates, environmentalists, free market groups, health experts, and manufacturers”
Oh, the Chinese are involved. They have been funding the pro-nuclear side in this Ohio debate. Ironically.