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Comment Re:It will be powered by renewable ... (Score 1) 200

Hmm, let's see if I can spot the difference between an accident mechanism which is very real and is the reason why nuclear plants spend billions on preventative and adaptive mechanisms and some made-up imaginative bollocks about solar panels that I'm going to cite for fun reasons of false equivalence. Why yes, I can. Because I'm not a complete idiot.

Comment Re:It will be powered by renewable ... (Score 1) 200

People really do seem to struggle with the word "conceivable", don't they? I know reactors have not killed that many so far (although I'll bet accident rates during construction are in line with industry average, not zero). But people aren't worried about an accident in line with historical nuclear accidents. They're worried about an accident that is *out of line*. A catastrophe. At which point, saying "how were we supposed to know? All previous accidents weren't that bad!" is really not going to cut it.

Comment Re:It will be powered by renewable ... (Score 1) 200

No no no. NOT "given past events as examples". I said "conceivably*, didn't I? We don't plan safety engineering on the basis that "nothing too awful has happened so far".

Why people are so obtuse on this point is quite beyond me.

A nuclear power plant accident could conceivably injure or kill tens of thousands of people and render large tracts of land off-limits for human use for centuries. That is *precisely why* great efforts are made to create safety systems that mitigate these risks, such as defense-in-depth, redundancies, over-engineering, etc etc. But pretending the underlying risk doesn't exist because it's been mitigated so far (well, the injury / death part -- large tracts of land are indeed off-limits due to nuclear accidents for centuries to come) -- that's just moronic.

Comment Re: Or skeptics (Score 1) 502

What a pile of horsecock. Science uses adjustments to account for systemic error such as in measuring instruments the entire frigging time.

To give one example from another unrelated field:

You people who think you know something about science. You really are pathetic.

Comment Re:It will be powered by renewable ... (Score 2) 200

Nuclear power ... kills fewer people per energy produced.

FFS. If things go really, catastrophically wrong with a solar panel installation, how many people could it conceivably kill? One or two if it fell off a roof? Whereas, if things go really, catastrophically wrong with a nuclear power plant, how many people could it conceivably kill? Bearing in mind that no production pebble bed reactors are in operation anywhere.

Tilting at strawmen rather than acknowledging the actual safety concerns people have about nuclear makes you look like a shite imitation of Don Quixote.

Comment Re:NIMBY in full effect (Score 1) 445

The whole point of the fat man problem is to raise the question of whether there is, in fact, a moral difference. There is no definitive resolution.

In any event, you're rather missing the point of what I'm arguing: I didn't raise the trolley car to *defend* the doctor actively taking someone's life early in order to harvest organs to save another -- that doctor has behaved unethically. I raised the trolley car to point out that if everyone refrains from donating organs for fear of being killed by an evil doctor of this sort, then that ultimately causes more harm and costs many more lives. So we should:
- create systems that guard against doctors acting on the incentives to take lives too early (such incentives are small in my view, but still this should be policed)
- create systems that minimise the incentives (opt-out DNR does this by increasing the supply of organs, reducing the intensity of demand for any single organ. Increasing the supply of organs has other benefits too, of course)
- not act like dicks and thus not shout about minuscule risks while ignoring much bigger harms
- prevent more suffering and harm by being cautious about the use of close to end-of-life interventions, per Atul Gawande

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