The early industrialization of Britain and what became the USA would not have been possible without genocidal colonialism and slavery. Famine and mass drug addiction were tools of the British Empire which made modern capitalism possible.
You say "Also, the claim that waste from coal plants is as dangerous as that from nuclear plants is simply ridiculous."
Now, there are some client scientists who argue that pumping massive amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere could lead to environmental catastrophe (such as an anoxic event) which could lead to our extinction, along with pretty much every other oxygen breathing species.
I have no idea how realistic or likely that is, but I don't see any meaningful slowdown of CO2 emissions on a global scale, so we're likely to find out. It would be ironic if a dozen or so Chernobyl-scale disasters turn out to be nothing compared the long-term impact of fossil fuel waste.
While lying in court is also a crime, it's pretty hard to make a perjury charge stick to vague "I don't remembers", unlike making specific statements to a fed, which can be found to contain small inaccuracies leading to prosecution and prison time.
How much of readability is the fault of the language vs the developer? Cut-n-paste coding is the bane of any language.
As a perl programmer, I sometimes ask, what can python or ruby do that perl can't?
MVC web framework like Rails or Django? Catalyst, Mojolicious, etc. PSGI has taken a lot of pain out of deployment of apps.
Good, modern object system? Moose.
GUI stuff? There's Wx and Qt interfaces.
OK, embedding C looks much easier in python, but I've never needed that.