You have to do a failure analysis looking at all of the pieces of the chain. And I think only experts, and not the ones whose income depends on saying everything is just fine, would be in a position to know. Ive seen a lot of expert reports on this issue and they all say its a serious potential problem, one thats likely to happen sometime within our lifetimes, which we have to address before it does.
a really epic disaster waiting to happen, unless we make it safe. To do that we need to make it so that the hot nuclear waste is not going to need cooling and babysitting.
Simply having the power be taken offline for an extended period of time could cause huge numbers of deaths.
How would water be pumped, how would people pay for things?
Also, lets face it, as a country, we are known for our hubris and frequently, irresponsibility. Look at the COVID-19 fiasco, which nobody can say was even remotely unexpected.