Washington – The Nuclear Energy Institute, a group which lobbies Washington politicians on behalf of the nuclear energy industry, released a statement Monday in which they declared nuclear energy to be “completely and utterly safe. Like, totally safe.”
Jeff Friedkin, one of the group’s representatives, scurried around Captiol Hill, trying to get that message across to lawmakers.
“We know these nuclear reactors are safe because we’ve tested them rigorously,” Friedkin said. “We’ve set up Lego versions of the reactors and had our intern, Phil, shake the base of the whole thing really hard. Like, probably as hard as the earthquake in Japan would have been, had it happened in Lego World.”
Concern over the future of nuclear energy hit its peak with the recent disaster at several Japanese reactors following an earthquake and tsunami in that country. Friedkin is hoping to allay fears about the industry, at least among D.C. legislators.
“I told them, ‘Listen, I would put my grandmother in the middle of any of the reactors in this country,'” Friedkin said. “‘During an earthquake.’ Now, granted, my grandmother is dead, and I didn’t like her very much, but regardless, I think I got my point across.”