~~~ Risk from and active choice vs. risk imposed, not comparable.
How many houses and farms were taken to create the interstate system? ~~~
What do those two things have to do with each other. My point is that if I decide to go scuba diving and scuba diving has a risk factor of x, that doesn't automatically mean that someone else can impose upon me something with a risk factor of x. Especially against my knowledge or consent, or without expectations of compensation.
I believe you have stated your distaste for paying for someone living a less than optimally healthy lifestyle in health care, The two concepts are not far apart.
~~~ Eminent Domain used for public works vs. profit seeking enterprise, not comparable.
Eminent domain has been used for both private and public projects in the US. ~~~
True and IMO the Supremes made a dangerous mistake here. That decision alone, not only turned everything into money but reduced the sale price. There is no such thing anymore as, not for sale. In a town near me, the Walgreens that they allowed to force people from their homes, did not serve the greater good. There was already a Walgreens in that development, had been for years. It was simply a corporate level decision to have stand alone stores, rather than rented spaces. They moved about 200 yards. A serious perversion IMO.
~~~ Risk of permanent destruction vs. sustainable use, not comparable.
No idea what you mean. A highway going through your property is permanent. ~~~
Land used for a roadway can be reclaimed. I own such a place where a roadway upgrade caused an abandonment.
IF, material amounts of the longer lived isotopes get loose at a nuke plant, that land is gone from our use, for what is essentially, forever.
~~~ To me, its as fundamental to the concept of freedom, as it gets.
What is? The right to be free from planes falling on your house? Highways going through your farm? I'm really not getting your point. How do you think we should keep the lights on? ~~~
You honestly don't see the infringement? More talking won't help that.
You know the tendency for people to spend up to (and in many cases, beyond) their financial budget? I propose that the same thing has happened with energy. The more and the cheaper we have, the more we do and will use. That cycle will never be broken without either a conscious decision, or we hit some kind of wall that forces it.
I'd rather plan for, prepare and prevent, hitting that wall.
In a temperate climate, I can design you a spacious, sunny house that will use near half of the heating and cooling costs of a conventional house. I could have done this for you by 1983. Imagine the difference in our energy profile, had that been a wide spread choice.
There are things we can do. Choosing to continue with poor choices, only gets us closer to that wall.
I sincerely hope that what damage has been and will be done from this or any other nuke incident can be kept to, for lack of a better word, a minimum but I am very much looking forward to the final tally on this one.
It is already much larger than many had imagined possible.
Maybe we'll even find that some things aren't quantifiable in money.