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November 08, 2004

I-297 reply and response

A reader replies to my blog:

Bruce -- because they "deal" with nuclear waste, in that they sit on top of
the land underneath which the waste is put - does not mean that the
residents of the Tri-Cities clearly know better than we what should be done
with it. Should an employee of Boeing or a subcontractor dependent on their
business be one to impartially judge policies and regulations Boeing is
subject to? Should citizens in Forks or Aberdeen determine how we harvest
trees in our national forests?

Here is my reply:

I think the voters in the Tri-Cities know more about the risks of nuclear waste than the voters in King county, just as the voters in Forks or Aberdeen would know more about the risks of logging. A group of experts would know even more, and maybe this is a decision we ought to leave to them.

I live in Seattle, and am surrounded by people who base their politics on "the environment," and about 95% of these people don't know anything about physics, or nuclear risks, or industrial forestry, or anything technical at all. They are romantics. All they know is that nuclear waste is bad. That's all they needed to know to vote for I-297.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at November 8, 2004 04:55 PM



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