Mr. Jaczko Went to Washington, and Look What Happened

COMMENTARY Nuclear Energy

Mr. Jaczko Went to Washington, and Look What Happened

Feb 27th, 2019 3 min read
COMMENTARY BY
Katie Tubb

Senior Policy Analyst

Katie Tubb is a senior policy analyst for energy and environmental issues in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies.
Former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Gregory Jaczko. Matthew Eisman / Stringer/ Getty Images

Key Takeaways

In Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator, Jaczko styles himself as a wonkish version of Jefferson Smith, the iconic hero of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

Jaczko displays an unwillingness to understand or fairly represent the arguments of those who disagree with him.

Any similarities between Mr. Jaczko and Mr. Smith end with their relocations to Washington.

Former Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman Gregory Jaczko landed on a provocative title for his memoir tracing the trajectory of his political career and opinion of nuclear energy.

In Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator, Jaczko styles himself as a wonkish version of Jefferson Smith, the iconic hero of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. While Jimmy Stewart’s character gave up his post as head of the Boy Rangers to trek to D.C., Jaczko, we are told, abandoned a future in academia, seeking “to use science to improve the world.”

This piece originally appeared in National Review