“It’s amazing to me that any discussion about nuclear power causes such a reaction. … What other topics are we not allowed to discuss? Alternative energy? Wind power or solar?” comes the consternation from officials in Mississippi in response to objections to the possibility of storage of nuclear material in Mississippi.
Wonder why anyone in Mississippi, such a dirt poor state, would think of nuclear waste as any more dangerous than wind or solar power? After all a wind turbine was damaged by a tornado last year and now someone has admitted that radioactive leaks from it “are far worse than previously acknowledged.” No, I am sorry that is the assessment from Japan about the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe. Did I mention that solar panels melted in Pennsylvania and everyone in a twenty mile radius was asked to evacuate and that when the solar panels melted radioactive gases and radioactive iodine were released into the environment? No, I apologize. Those events were related to “nuclear reactors in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States, on March 28, 1979 (Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania.)
Only in Mississippi could alluding to solar and wind power as meriting no more concern than nuclear waste storage be forwarded as a rational comparison. If you throw around revenue figures to desperate people, just look at Mississippi’s per capita income, and education level it you might get a picture of why such an argument would be placed in the arena. This is Mississippi and once in office, you are royalty.
Mississippi is pretty much the exemplar of the neo-feudal terrain in America. If you can convince the people that you are one of the good-ole boys, in Mississippi that would be favoring the confederate flag, viewing MLK day as really Confederate Memorial Day and of course being Republican, you can be elected royalty. After defeat of a personhood amendment, the rulers in this neo-feudal state enacted legislation designed to achieve the very thing the voters rejected, making abortion unavailable to poor women.
And if you want to put nuclear storage on the agenda in Mississippi, be a Republican. The energy industry group pushing for nuclear waste storage and reprocessing in Mississippi is the Mississippi Energy Institute, and one of its board members is the governor’s top economic development officer. You see, in right-to-work-for-less-anti-union Mississippi, labor compensation is so suppressed that corporate interest can float virtually anything because a man dying of thirst will drink dirty, contaminated water. Having kept labor week, people of substance, the lords of the feudal state, flashing religious and confederate symbols, contribute to candidates who champion anti-labor units and deregulation which enlarge and enhance and stabilize their wealth supremacy. You even see this economic strategy reflected in the newly passed Charter School law in Mississippi.