Anti-Radiation Pill Plan May Be Nixed This article is a clear example of the continuing idiotic policy of the Bush administration. In this case, once again the Bush administration placed more import to public perception and the possibility of “undermining confidence in US nuclear plants” over that of qualified professionals in the nuclear power industry.
Worse is the childish infighting the Bush administrations directive has caused with one member of the HHS stating “”If you entrust our kids’ health to nuclear engineers instead of doctors — you are inviting disaster.” Problem is, HHS does not exaclty have the greatest record in protecting children. I’m honestly not all that surprised given Bush is a big oil guy who has shown that he has no clue how to run the federal agencies of the US Government. Just look at the large number of agencies that are now mismanaged, misdirected, ineffectual, underfunded and understaffed: FEMA, the FDA, the Border Patrol, ICE, HHS, NRC, the EPA, etc., etc.
I live relatively close to a nuclear power plant here in Arizona, though well outside the 20 mile zone covered in the pill plan and have always had confidence in the plant and it’s technicians ability to contain any potential radiation dangers, especially given what I know about the inherent safety plans and contigencies of the plant. I’m glad one of the readers who posted a comment on the story tried to educate other readers with the truth about nuclear plants to try and mitigate the fear mongering of the article and the sheer idiocy of the Bush administrations reasoning.
I honestly can’t help but wonder if this is another shell game by the Bush administration with regards to alternate energy sources. Afterall, Bush keeps claiming and insisting America need to become less dependent on foreign oil yet does nothing to support initiatives for alternate energy sources on a large scale. Instead bush supports some questionable alternatives like fuels generated from food crops at a time when food prices are on the rise and the need for food around the world is at an all time high.