"We need to desperately use a lot less energy, and use what we use much more efficiently. This can only be done in a different, more realistic economic system..."
Nicely put, as usual.
So you worked/work as a translator?
Mati, I do like how 'silly' rhymes with 'wili'!
But really, have you read any history lately? The period since WWII has been surprisingly low in terms of major wars, with some obvious exceptions. But over any stretch of history, wrenching, violent political change is the norm, along with gross incompetence. You could do worse for introducing yourself to such history than reading, for example, Tuchman's The March of Folly.
Human nature includes many wonderful attributes. But among the less wonderful ones--that have expressed themselves over and over through history, and any one of which are likely to bring about a Fukushima-or-worse situation--are:
General Societal Collapse
Failure to Educate Engineers capable of handling these plants and their decomissioning
Inability to weigh risk (especially underestimation of risk)
Unwillingness to go against the crowd (apparently a major factor in the Fuku case)
Willingness to put others at risk
You can add your own to this already long list, I'm sure.
And that's just human propensities through history. Add to that the likely hood of such geological events to happen--individually or, as in the Fuku case, in tandem--just in the normal course of things:
And many more, most of which are likely to exacerbate the above human propensity for folly on small and grand scales.
And now consider that all of the latter list, except perhaps earthquakes and tornadoes, are going to be intensified and/or made more frequent by AGW--which we know we are stuck with at increasing rates no matter what we do now, and all of which in turn will exacerbate and make more likely most of the above human propensities for violence, malfeasance, and general stupidity--and it becomes immediately clear to anyone not blinded by ideology that indeed:
Every single nuke plant that is not immediately and totally decommissioned and deconstructed will go FUKU or worse at some probably-not-too-distant point, making vast swaths of the earth uninhabitable by humans for decades to centuries or longer.
The whole project was a vast techno-fantasy naively and insanely assuming an eternally perfect world to assuage the consciences of the scientists who brought us nuclear weapons (which could still be the cause of the end of civilization at pretty much any moment), to assure the availability of fissionable material for those weapons, and to enrich a very few at the expense of the very many.