We still spend 450 million euros a year on nature management, announced the VVD in a debate on the Dutch government nature budget cuts. That is a pile of money.
But to put this in perspective for a moment... Radioactive caesium emissions mean that residents in a radius of quite some kilometres around Fukushima will never be able to return home or till their familiar soils to produce rice and other food crops. In Sendai corpses can be cremated at a rate of 40 per day, and thousands are stored on ice, many of them destined to be disposed of unnamed. People are bidding a lonely farewell to their loved ones, children and parents. No service with family and friends, no ceremony, nothing. Nothing is possible.
So, why get worked up about political choices? They weigh as heavy as a feather, as light as a block of concrete. Well then, why don't we just build another nuclear power station.