Who Will Pay for America's Chernobyl? You and Me!
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Thus the re-licensing of rickety old reactors like New Jersey's Oyster Creek, Vermont Yankee and dozens more now exceeding their 40-year design span is a horrifying game of Chernobyl Roulette. Likewise the building of new ones, which also can't get private insurance.
The owners assure us the odds on an accident are "acceptable." But they are not the ones liable. They are betting our everything against their pittance.
Against which the hundreds of billions in Obama's stimulus plan seem a pitiful penny. Our current fiscal mess pales in comparison to what could come from the irresponsible gamble on these perilous machines.
Our money and our lives are being wagered in a game that the house -- OUR house -- simply cannot win.