Everything gets turned on its head. Once upon a time, …

Comment on Salt mine: Alice needs to grasp a major opportunity by David de Vries.

Everything gets turned on its head. Once upon a time, conservatives believed in the market and small government.
Government intervention was synonymous with perverse incentives and waste.
Meanwhile the left looked to government regulation and funding to save rights and nature.
Here we have the conservatives believing every business project needs a hand out and the all-wise paternalistic state will keep us safe while the opponents say keep the government out of big business welfarism and don’t trust it for safeguards.

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Salt mine: Alice needs to grasp a major opportunity
There is a common sense answer to the type of waste that needs to be deposited in this repository – expensive waste.
The kind of waste that no local authority within 1000 km will accept dumping or storing on their disused mine sites.
The kind of waste that you need to put on a tanker and have driven 1000 km+ then pay a significant fee to dispose of.
Hard core, top dollar, don’t put your hands in it, waste.

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