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...to regard the NRC as a pro-nuclear organization. Progressive people are familiar with the concept of "regulatory capture" by targeted industries and often assume that to be the case with the NRC. However, with anti-nuclear zealot Rep. Markey's trained agent, Jaczko, as NRC chief in recent years, it became apparent that "some other" industry had captured the NRC, and the fact that Markey is beholden to natural gas entities might provide a clue as to who they are. As well, it is explicitly not part of the NRC charter to promote nuclear power. That might explain why it takes decades to get a reactor design OK'd by them. There isn't a pro-nuclear campaigner that I'm aware of who regards the NRC as a pro-nuclear organization. Nor does use of the term "watchdog" as applied to anti-nuclear zealots connote objectivity. If scientific advances cannot be sequestered, it then follows that these "watchdogs'" concern about "proliferation" is bogus; in fact their concern is to throw up obstacles to nuclear power at every opportunity. Far from watchdogs, they appear to be, what the Red Chinese used to call, running dogs, i.e. of their fossil fuel masters.
Posted by Paul Wick