Category Archives: Science And Society

Credit Where It’s Due

Joe Biden does something right (which is huge news, because it is unprecedented).

He could be doing more, though, in terms of easing up on archaic NRC rules to allow the construction of more modern plant designs faster. And as is often noted, it’s hard to take seriously people who claim that we are in a climate “crisis” or “emergency” if they don’t support nuclear power.

[Update a few minutes later]

Sorry, I’ve provided the link this time.

Covid Closures

How they took a toll on the kids.

Many of us frustrated by the lengthy school closures were enraged by a statement we found far too dismissive and even callous: “Kids are resilient.” (The great Mary Katharine Ham tore this apart back in January.) All too often, that was a blasé slogan designed to excuse an intolerable status quo.

Our kids aren’t necessarily resilient, and we didn’t like having their need to be resilient shoved upon them by teachers’ unions who kept dragging their feet on reopening schools and public-health officials who deemed birthday parties, travel, summer camps, visiting grandparents, etc. an intolerable risk.