The attempt to force a "nuclear renaissance" in South Carolina devolved into a festival of waste, corruption, & criminal charges ... and no nuclear plants. Clearly this is all the fault of greens saying mean things about nuclear.…
All the mean things greens said about nuclear made a Westinghouse executive feel so bad that he committed "sixteen felony counts including conspiracy, wire fraud, securities fraud, and causing a publicly-traded company to keep a false record."
The pain of green criticism pushed another Westinghouse executive into "making false statements to the FBI," another into committing felony fraud, and another into committing mail and wire fraud.
The South Carolina Public Service Commission was so traumatized by green criticism of nuclear that it ended up approving all the company's requests & imposing zero oversight.
Green groups publicly intervened in these proceedings, arguing that the project was wildly over-budget & that executives were lying about it. But everyone knows greens are always criticizing nuclear, so why would you listen to them?

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All you fuckwits who went along with the "illiberal college students" nonsense own this.…
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