Readers of the lead article in the June 29 Tribune about the event at which PG&E “dined a roomful of local business and community leaders” in order to once again tout the economic benefits of relicensing the Diablo Canyon Power Plant might be interested in this:
Fukushima’s incalculable damage to Japan’s once-mighty economy convinced Naoto Kan, prime minister during the March 2011 triple disaster, and Gregory Jaczko, then-chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to reverse their long-standing support for nuclear power as a clean and safe energy resource.
“Before March 11, my thoughts about nuclear power were focused on how it could benefit Japan’s economy, without giving much concern for safety,” said the former prime minister. “Since 3/11, my whole thinking turned around 180 degrees ... because of the great risk of mass destruction.”
“Fukushima was a wake-up call of how a postulated situation of low probability could actually happen,” Jaczko concurred. “Accidents happen.”