Mudcat Café message #3187093 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #136314   Message #3187093
Posted By: gnu
13-Jul-11 - 07:17 PM
Thread Name: BS: Japan Nuclear plant disaster, 2011
Subject: RE: BS: Japan Nuclear plant disaster, 2011
It appears the present and future economies are tied to nuke power for better or worse all over the world. BUT, if the money holders are taken down over this disatser perhaps that will change the playing field to the inclusion of reasonable engineering design to accomodate Mum Nature.

Certainly, the US Army Corps of Engineers knew the NO's levees were insufficient but politicians wouldn't fund the coin to build them properly. It happens every day. I ran into it day after day as a design engineer... some pencil pushing accountant sitting at the table saying what the CEO wanted to hear and drowning out the voice of reason.

Even senior engineers get sucked into the job of lacky... I once told my engineer boss that if he subverted a tender policy to accept a tainted (low by well over $100,000 on a $3M contract) bid that I would inform the RCMP. It was a Crown Corporation and I won out with my threat (which I WOULD have followed through on because it's my professional duty to the public) but it was not a pleasant work environment after that.

I assume the engineers in the nuke industry experience the same frustration and worse because they are in a PRIVATE company and baby needs a new pair of shoes... it ain't all that simple when you are trying to feed your family and the rich pricks don't give a shit abut YOUR family.