In Japan’s nuclear crisis, it’s long past Three Mile Island in severity. And it could end up worse than Chernobyl.
Yet, there was Energy Secretary Steve Chu on Capitol Hill yesterday saying there’s no need to re-evaluate America’s plans to proceed with construction of new nuclear power plants in this country.
How reckless and short-sighted can you get? Is this what President Obama really believes?
Whatever the future of nuclear power, the scary situation in Japan should certainly trigger a time-out for everybody. Time to take another look at the safety and reliability of nuclear power in general, at the design of plants, at the built-in safety measures, and at their geographic location.
One thing for sure, we should no longer be locating nuclear plants like San Onofre in Southern California: on an earthquake fault and on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
Natural disasters are horrific events, but we learn from them. We learned from Katrina, from the Indian Ocean tsunami, from every hurricane and tornado.
But, so far, it looks like the Obama administration refuses to stop and learn anything – from this three-punch disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown in Japan.
That’s my parting shot for today.