Over on Charlie Stross's blog I croaked, "I've decided that nuclear power has the same effect on hominid male thinking as fast cars, tequila, and firearms." And someone replied, "I see nothing wrong with fast cars, tequila, and firearms. Sorry, what was that about?" So this is my answer.
These things all seem to be magnets for obsessions in men. Obsessed
men pursue them regardless of how much damage they do. I am struck by
the way the mostly men who love these things are convinced that their
love is an expression of maturity. The W. Bush administration
policy-makers, in love with violence, believed they were "the grown
ups," and they seem to have been in fact teenage boys who never got over
it. Sitting in the wreckage they have made, they still proclaim that
they know better.
It is not adult behavior to implement risky technologies to sustain a
too-large population. It is not adult behavior to pretend that, no
matter what stresses hominids put on their planetary ecology and their
planet's chemical and energy systems, they are immune to the