An Article Worth Reading and Considering

Our good friend, Burko ’73 sent this absolutely fascinating article from Vanity Fair that takes a look at the inner workings of the Department of Energy.

In a previous article by our Regular Contributor DaveO, he made a case (albeit a rather weak and ideologically based argument) that Federal Employees are the resistance.  Rather than being resistance, we see in this article, they are merely trying to inform the Trump administration what they do.

Case in point, much of the research undertaken by Energy is of the nature that the private sector is not willing to undertake it as the pay off is neither guaranteed or the expense is such the stockholder would cry foul.

Is the Department of Energy perfect, by no stretch of the imagination.  Many mistakes have been made over the years.  Hansford in Washington and the radioactive pollution that must be contained; Oak Ridge, Tennessee the same story to a lesser extent, and one that a little closer to home– Savannah River in South, Carolina.

About keydet1976

Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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4 Responses to An Article Worth Reading and Considering

  1. vmijpp says:

    Have’t even read the article yet, but I have to point something out– rather than asking if the DoE is “perfect,” and then giving the obligatory no/but, why ought we not ask, “Is the DoE *necessary*?”


  2. keydet1976 says:

    I think once you read the article you will understand why DoE is necessary.


    • vmijpp says:

      Here’s one thing: “Roughly half of the D.O.E.’s annual budget is spent on maintaining and guarding our nuclear arsenal, for instance. Two billion of that goes to hunting down weapons-grade plutonium and uranium at loose in the world so that it doesn’t fall into the hands of terrorists.”

      Got it. Send that, lock, stock and barrel, to the DoD. Sounds like STRATCOM and DTRA work to me.


      • DaveO says:

        With Russia now owning a large portion of American plutonium, and what they are doing with it, hasn’t America exponentially increased the nuclear threat? Chasing down nuke materials will end up doubling DoD’s budget with no ROI.


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