Thursday, April 26, 2018

Nuclear Politics and Nuclear Disasters: Fukushima and Chernobyl as Endless Catastrophes

Today, Sputnik news published an interview with me on nuclear risks:
Sputnik: In your view, how do politics affect such disasters as the Fukushima incident?

Majia H. Nadesan: Politics is an inevitable dimension of social life. Unfortunately, consolidated political power over critical decision-making can have catastrophic consequences, particularly when decision-makers are driven by singular logics that are intolerant of dissent.

We see in the case of nuclear energy how centralization of decision making power legitimized by symbolic appeals to national and economic security have produced never-ending catastrophes, illustrated best by Hanford in the US, Chernobyl in the Ukraine, Mayak in Russia, and Fukushima Daiichi in Japan....
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